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The EU Chips Act and Technological Sovereignty Semiconductors and Europe’s Strategic Interests

5 May 2022

Forum Europe hosted its first “EU Chips and Technological Sovereignty Conference”  in Brussels on 28 April, bringing together leading policy makers and industry experts to discuss the proposed EU Chips Act.

Gathering 100 in-person participants and over 200 online attendees, the conference aimed to assess the European Chips Act and ask if it is ambitious enough to deliver the security of supply of semiconductors so central to Europe’s digital transformation.

The conference opened up with keynote addresses from Lucilla Sioli, Director, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry, Directorate-General CONNECT at the European Commission, Dan Nica MEP, Rapporteur for the EU Chips Act, ITRE Committee from the European Parliament and Robert Troy, Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, Republic of Ireland.

The first panel “A Strong Base: The European Chips Act and Building Homegrown European Semiconductor Capacity”  focused on how financing, investment and cooperation across Europe could be improved and maximised to meet the ambitions of doubling Europe’s share of microchip production to 20% by 2030. The session gathered Eva Kaili MEP, Vice President of the European Parliament, and Member of ITRE Committee, European Parliament, Colette Maloney, Head of Unit A3 - Microelectronics and Photonics Industry at DG Connect,  Ilias Chantzos, Global Privacy Officer, from Broadcom Inc and Riccardo Masucci, Director of Security and Technology Policy from Intel Corporation.

The conference then featured an opening statement from Eva Maydell MEP, ITRE Rapporteur for the Council Regulation and Rapporteur for the ECON Chips Act Opinion in the European Parliament. Ms Maydell then sat on the panel with Peter Dröll, Director for Prosperity, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission, Jo De Boeck, Executive Vice President and CSO, IMEC Lars Montelius, Director–General of International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, and Jean-Luc di Paola-Galloni, Group Corporate Vice-President of Sustainable Development and External Affairs at Valeo. The panel was entitled “A Roadmap for Innovation: Boosting R&D – Delivering Skills and Talent”, a robust discussion moderated by Friederike Berfelde, Associate at Brunswick Group.

The conference concluded with a panel on, “The Global Context: Partnerships and Challenges” where the panellists discussed Europe’s current and future roles as part of a complex global supply chain. Damien Levie, Head of Unit for Technology and Security - FDI Screening, DG TRADE, European Commission and Hidehiko Ishii, First Secretary (Energy, Technology, Industry), Mission of Japan to the European Union, joined Miapetra Kumpula-Natri MEP, Vice-Chair, EU-USA delegation, EU Parliament, Sarah Lenczner, Manager Government Affairs EMEA at Qualcomm, and Andreas Kopp, Senior Research Fellow and permanent member of the Investment Committee of the InvestEU Fund, CEPS, and the moderator of the session, Will Parker, Director of Public Affairs, SEC Newgate EU.

Forum Europe would like to thank all our attendees of the conference, both in-person and online, and are grateful to our sponsors, Intel, Broadcom, and Qualcomm. We hope everyone found the conference to be useful and illuminating, and we look forward to welcoming you all to another session in the future.

 

Full replays of the sessions can be found here