Portugal and 13 Member States to work to strengthen electronics value chain

Countries want to reinforce state-of-the-art production capacity so that Europe has more knowledge and volume of semiconductor technologies and, thus, generates the best performance for applications in the various sectors.

Portugal and 13 other Member States of the European Union pledged this Monday to join efforts in the field of processor and semiconductor technologies (materials that create energy bands and are used in integrated circuits), signing a joint statement that deserved the applause from the European Commission.

The signatory countries, meeting this morning by videoconference, guaranteed that they will work together to strengthen the value chain of electronics and embedded systems in Europe, reinforce cutting-edge production capacity so that the 'Old Continent' has more knowledge and volume semiconductor technologies and, thus, generates the best performance for applications in the various sectors.

Semiconductors are a fundamental component of the “expanding flagship initiative”, one of seven areas in which coordinated plans by Member States are encouraged within the framework of the European bazooka (“Next Generation EU”). Thus, these 14 countries intend to increase investment both in equipment and materials, as well as in design, manufacture and packaging, “whenever possible”, through the Recovery and Resilience Funds.

In the joint statement, entitled “The European Initiative on Processors and semiconductor technologies”, Countries agree“ to consolidate and develop Europe's position in areas of proven experience ”and say they want to“ establish advanced European chip design capabilities and production facilities ”.

Among the goals is the development of an “inclusive European flagship project between countries through the development of a proposal for an Important Project of Common European Interest that aims to create a strong dynamic to support Europe's electronics industry with a focus on the design ecosystem, capabilities supply chain and industry first deployment of advanced semiconductor technologies, including scaling to cutting-edge process technologies for processor chips ”.

The document was also signed by Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Croatia, Finland, Slovenia and Romania.

The meeting between European ministers, which took place via telematic means, was attended by Pedro Nuno Santos (who signed the declaration) and also discussed the law on data governance, electronic privacy, the digital Europe program and cybersecurity.

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