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Opinion Number: CDR 1960/2022
Commission: ECON
Status: Adopted
Date: 12/10/2022
Have the existing regional chips clusters contribute to the debate on the EU Chips Act and ensure they benefit from it
Promote an ambitious EU Chips Act to compete with other chips Acts around the world and make the EU attractive for investors and the few chips industry big players
Make sure the EU Chips Act will support the EU industry as a whole, according to its needs.

- insists that the success of the European Chips Act (ECA) is crucial for the EU as a whole, the Member States and all local and regional authorities, as securing industrial production in all regions of Europe depends on having a secure supply of semiconductors;

- recommends setting up a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) on Semiconductors, and proposes creating a Semiconductor Academy, along the lines of the Battery Academy, involving industry and research institutions;

- takes the view that more, new money should be deployed for the implementation of the ECA, and therefore also calls on the Council, the Parliament and the Commission to provide the relevant EU and national subsidies and amend the Multiannual Financial Framework accordingly;

- believes that the EIB can make a decisive contribution to the success of the ECA;

- calls for LRAs to be included in the "semiconductor coordination mechanism", as they can make a valuable contribution to achieving the sought-after network through their local knowledge of research, industry and semiconductor clusters;

- suggests that instead of an "emergency toolbox", a "prevention toolbox" should be set up, since intervention in semiconductor production at short notice is not possible because of its complexity in terms of combinations of different ICs in the final products and of its widespread international supply chain, and is therefore unsuitable as a crisis response. Particular attention should be paid to maintaining semiconductor production and the necessary availability of precursors and sub-products;

- recommends the swift adoption and implementation of the ECA, and calls on the European Commission, the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament to take into account the CoR's recommendations.



CoR to launch the European Semiconductors Regions Alliance

Following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for a European Semiconductors Regions Alliance (ESRA) in presence of Commissioner Thierry Breton, the CoR will launch the Alliance on 7 September.

07 Sep

Launch of the European Semiconductors Regions Alliance in the CoR

In order to support the expansion and diversification of the chip sector in the European Union, 27 regions from 12 Member States have joined forces to form the European Semiconductor Regions Alliance (ESRA) to share their experience in this strategic field and to help strengthen Europe as a key player in the global competition with the US and China. ESRA was launched at the CoR with the participation of 5 presidents of regions, including Saxony, Flanders, as well as CoR members such as Vice President Michael Murphy and rapporteur Thomas Schmidt.

07 Sep

Trilogue reaches unformal agreement on the EU Chips Act

MEPs and the Swedish Presidency unformally agreed on the EU Chips Act regulation.

18 Apr

EP rapporteur discusses EU Chips Act with CoR rapporteur

On 12 October, Dan Nica, rapporteur of the European Parliament (ITRE) on the EU Chips Act, participated in the CoR plenary session and discussed with the rapporteur and CoR members of the importance of education, public funding and regional ecosystem for the semi-conduction sector in the EU

12 Oct

Rapporteur Schmidt visits the Chips installations of Overijssel

On 21 September, rapporteur Schmidt visited companies working in the chips sector in the region of Overijssel before participating in the ECON external meeting in Zwolle.

21 Sep

ESPAS paper and discussion on semi-conductors with the input of the CoR

ESPAS, the European Strategy and Policy Analysis System, will discuss semi-conductors during a workshop on 5 September based on a policy analysis paper provided by the European Parliament with input from the CoR.

05 Sep
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