Industry, Research and Energy MEPs back plans to secure EU chip supply by boosting manufacturing and innovation

Industry, Research and Energy MEPs back plans to secure EU chip supply by boosting manufacturing and innovation
Industry, Research and Energy MEPs back plans to secure EU chip supply by boosting manufacturing and innovation

MEPs in the Industry, Research and Energy Committee on Tuesday adopted two bills aimed at securing the EU’s supply of chips by boosting production and innovation and by introducing emergency measures against shortages, according to caleeuropeana.

According to a statement, the first draft law refers to the Chip Act aimed at strengthening the technological capacity and innovation in the EU chip ecosystem, while the second one refers to the Joint Undertaking for Chips, which aims to increase investment for the development of this type of ecosystem European.

In their amendments to the Chip Act, MEPs focused more on the next generation of semiconductors and quantum chips. A network of competence centers would be created to address skills shortages and attract new talent in research, design and manufacturing. The legislation would also support projects aimed at enhancing the EU’s security of supply by attracting investment and strengthening production capacity.

Measures to respond to future shortages

Under the drafts, a crisis response mechanism would be established, where the Commission would assess risks to the EU’s supply of semiconductors and early warning indicators in Member States that could trigger an EU-wide alert. This would allow the Commission to implement emergency measures, such as prioritizing the supply of particularly affected products or conducting joint procurement for Member States.

MEPs stress that the chip supply chain should be mapped to identify potential bottlenecks.

They also emphasize the importance of international cooperation with partners such as the US, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. The Commission should establish a chip diplomacy initiative to address any future disruption to supply chains.

The legislative report on the Chips Act was passed with 67 votes in favour, one vote against and four abstentions. The committee also voted with 70 votes in favor, one vote against and one abstention on the mandate to initiate inter-institutional negotiations.

“Chips for Europe” initiative

In a separate vote, MEPs adopted, with 68 votes in favor, no votes against and four abstentions, the proposal for a Joint Undertaking for Chips, which implements the measures set out in the Chips for Europe initiative.

The initiative aims to support large-scale capacity building by investing in European-wide and openly accessible research, development and innovation infrastructure.

It would also enable the development of next-generation and cutting-edge semiconductor technologies.

MEPs point out that to boost innovation, new money will be needed, as well as a reallocation of funds from Horizon Europe.


The article is in Romanian

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