Sumary of UPDATE 1-EU plans ‘Chips Act’ to promote semi-conductor self sufficiency:
- STRASBOURG, Sept 15 (Reuters) – The European Commission announced plans on Wednesday for a new chipmaking ‘ecosystem’, to keep the EU competitive and self-sufficient after a global semi-conductor shortage showed the hazards of relying on Asian and U.S. suppliers.
- “Digital is the make-or-break issue,” Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a policy speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday.
- The Commission last year unveiled plans to invest a fifth of its 750-billion-euro COVID-19 recovery fund in digital projects.
- Von der Leyen lamented the EU’s reliance on Asian-made chips and its diminished share in the supply chain, from design to manufacturing capacity.