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Semi Publishes Priorities on European Economic Security Strategy

BRUSSELS, Belgium – March 4, 2024 – SEMI, the industry association serving the global electronics design and manufacturing supply chain, today applauded the European Commission for inviting industry feedback as it formulates the European Economic Security Strategy to strengthen Europe’s economic security in the face of ongoing geopolitical tensions and strategic dependencies that characterize the European semiconductor industry. 

SEMI today published Priorities on the European Economic Security Strategya position paper that offers the following key recommendations for policymakers to consider:

  • Complement European Economic Security Strategy initiatives with additional promote-side measures and proposals focused on strengthening the European high-tech ecosystem and the European Union’s global competitiveness.
  • Bolster international cooperation in the semiconductor and high-tech industries through free trade agreements and international partnerships.
  • Maintain proportionality when drafting legislation that addresses risks while avoiding unnecessary bureaucratic burden for companies and preserving the EU’s competitiveness.
  • Improve coordination and further harmonize EU export control policies with a view to strengthening the EU’s voice on the global stage.
  • Establish ongoing dialogue with the semiconductor industry to prevent unnecessary due diligence, risk management and reporting obligations for companies across the supply chain.

SEMI encourages the European Commission to place equal emphasis on the protectpromote and partner aspects of economic security in order to give European companies the highest possible level of access to global markets.

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The European Economic Security Strategy should foresee a structured dialogue with industry stakeholders based on a common understanding of supply chain risks and economic security.

Laith Altimime, President of SEMI Europe

It is vitally important for the European Commission to engage with the chip industry in Europe to enable meaningful conclusions and effective policy decisions.

Laith Altimime, President of SEMI Europe

SEMI continues to engage with policymakers to encourage a legislative framework that enhances the EU’s economic security across industrial supply chains while preserving Europe’s technological competitive advantage.

Visit SEMI Global Advocacy to learn more about its public policy efforts and developments, and SEMI Workforce Development for information on its work to address the microelectronics industry’s talent needs.

SEMI Europe Advocacy  

Discover how SEMI Europe Advocacy & Public Policy supports the microelectronics industry across trade, taxes, talent, and R&D or become involved by contacting euadvocacy@semi.org.

About SEMI

SEMI® is the global industry association connecting over 3,000 member companies and 1.5 million professionals worldwide across the semiconductor and electronics design and manufacturing supply chain. We accelerate member collaboration on solutions to top industry challenges through Advocacy, Workforce Development, Sustainability, Supply Chain Management and other programs. Our SEMICON® expositions and events, technology communities, standards and market intelligence help advance our members’ business growth and innovations in design, devices, equipment, materials, services and software, enabling smarter, faster, more secure electronics. Visit www.semi.org, contact a regional office, and connect with SEMI on LinkedIn and X to learn more.

Association Contacts

Stefano Orlando/SEMI Europe
Phone: +32 488 93 39 88
Email: sorlando@semi.org

Serena Brischetto/SEMI Europe
Phone: +49 30 3030 8077-11
Email: sbrischetto@semi.org

Michael Hall/SEMI US
Phone: 1.408.943.7988
Email: mhall@semi.org

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