Paul van Gerven
14 October

The Dutch government supports the European Union’s efforts to become more self-sufficient in semiconductor technology but feels that other up-and-coming technologies shouldn’t be left out. “Expand the European ecosystem for semiconductor technology, in particular by focusing on leading-edge and next-generation technology by preparing the semiconductor industry for the ground-breaking potential of photonics, AI and quantum technologies,” reads the government’s preliminary reaction to the recently proposed European Chips Act.

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The Act should serve not only to expand Europe’s manufacturing footprint but also to create “a robust and future-proof system of demand-supply for adjacent ecosystems such as the automotive industry.” Instead of focusing on leading-edge technologies exclusively, “initiatives that further development of mature technologies” should be fostered as well.

Other pointers include a call for an acknowledgment that “decoupling of the global semiconductor value chain is an illusion,” and that “European interests are best served by an open ecosystem that remains focused on attracting investment, accelerating innovation and adding market value.” Nonetheless, instruments should be created “to prevent unwanted key strategic takeovers of chipmakers.”