SEMI Europe urges swift adoption of European Chips Act

30 May 2022

A microchip in front of the European flag [P051873-513417] © European Union, 2022
A microchip in front of the European flag [P051873-513417] © European Union, 2022

SEMI Europe, industry association for the electronics manufacturing & design supply chain in Europe, today urged swift adoption of the European Chips Act, inviting discussion on the legislation with the European Parliament, Member States & the European Commission. The Act aims to strengthen Europe’s competitiveness & resilience in semiconductor technologies & applications, while enabling the region’s digital & green transition.

Speedy adoption of the European Chips Act will significantly accelerate Europe’s work to attract investments to build up chip manufacturing capacity and R&D,” said Laith Altimime, President of SEMI Europe. “The Act is also a key step forward for Europe to substantially decarbonize semiconductor manufacturing and drive digital transformation.

The European Council and Parliament continue to refine the European Chips Act with inputs from semiconductor industry stakeholders. A newly published SEMI Europe position paper offers the following recommendations for consideration of the European Commission, the Parliament and the Council:

Chips for Europe Initiative
•    Strengthen R&D capabilities and ensure adequate funding.
•    Align new and existing pilot lines with anticipated future needs and trends and support open access to all parties within the EU semiconductor value chain.
•    The Chips Joint Undertaking needs to target Europe’s semiconductor industry needs.
•    Establish a dedicated skills and workforce development funding stream under the Chips Joint Undertaking.

Security of supply
•    Provide a first-of-a-kind classification to target all relevant technology projects.
•    Foster fast track procedures.

Preparedness & monitoring
•    Minimise risks to the semiconductor value chain and overall EU economic system.
•    Eliminate redundant data reporting requirements that cause administrative inefficiencies for semiconductor companies.
•    Establish requirements for safeguarding the confidentiality of industry data.
•    Encourage European initiatives with global partners, such as the EU-US Trade & Technology Council.

•    Include stakeholders in Europe’s semiconductor ecosystem.

SEMI Europe also co-authored and signed a Joint Industry Statement with other industry stakeholder organisations representing the worldwide and European semiconductor ecosystem. The statement urges the European Commission, the Parliament and the European Council to do the following:

•    Focus on investment conditions and opportunities to enhance European competitiveness.
•    Create a crisis response framework to help alleviate semiconductor industry disruptions.
•    Involve the semiconductor industry in Europe Chips Act governance.
•    Coordinate actions with global partners.

For more details, contact SEMI Europe:
•    Christopher Frieling, Director of Advocacy & Public Policy:
•    Marek Kysela, Senior Coordinator of Advocacy:

Visit SEMI Global Advocacy and SEMI Europe Advocacy to learn more about SEMI public policy efforts.

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