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Semiconductors: More production in the EU urgently needed


French MEP Christophe Grudler (Modem) is concerned about the semiconductor crisis and reminds us of the urgency of creating an important European Project of Common European Interest (PIIEC) for processors and semiconductors. 

The Vice-Coordinator for the Renew Europe group in the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) points out that: "The industry has been experiencing a major shortage of semiconductors since last year. This crisis is affecting many sectors, where European production has slowed down or even stopped. 

This shortage reminds us of the urgent need to produce more semiconductors in the EU, which currently accounts for less than 10% of world production and is therefore largely dependent on imports. This is the objective of the new European Alliance for Processors and Semiconductors announced by the European Commission on 19 July. Major projects should enable the European Union to achieve a 20% share of the world market by 2030, and to be more autonomous. The Taiwanese company TSMC has announced that it intends to produce 3-nanometer processors as early as 2022, and 2-nanometer processors in 2023. I hope that the European Semiconductor Alliance will eventually be able to match these wafer-thin etchings, thereby affirming real European technological sovereignty.

Now that the Alliance has been launched, it is urgent that the Important European Project of Common European Interest (IEPC) be launched. This should facilitate European State aid, in order to accelerate the development of breakthrough technologies in the semiconductor field."