The Trilogue on the Chips Act (Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a framework of measures for strengthening Europe's semiconductor ecosystem) has concluded today. Henrike Hahn, MEP (Greens/EFA), Deputy speaker of the German Delegation, Industrial Policy Spokesperson of the European Group, and the Shadow Rapporteur for the Chips Act in the ITRE Committee, comments:
"We made a satisfactory deal in the Trilogue on the Chips Act. We have achieved to secure 3,3 billion Euro for the Chips Act which is a reasonable compromise.
This is a good step, but we have to do much more on European level to achieve a competitive and sustainable European industries, manufacturing and deploying of semiconductors. We do not wanted to focus only some very few beneficiaries. Now we contribute with the Chips Act in a positive way to a growing European chips sector.
We have achieved good results on support for SMEs. Our Green focus was on clarifying who can receive funding by working on the definitions for first of a kind and Open EU foundries, and we pushed to include design companies. We will create design centres of excellence with special focus on SMEs, and we will open the door for up to 90% state aid for them.
I have also achieved the introduction of a special environmental focus on the manufacturing of semiconductors, both in reducing the impact of the production processes and safeguarding the necessary semiconductors for achieving our climate targets and the Green transition.
Another major issue for me was the issue of faster permitting and environmental derogations. I managed to remove the reference that was including environmental assessments in this fast permitting. The remaining conditions set out in these Directives are fulfilled and the applicability of other Union environmental legislation is not hampered.
We have achieved to have clear criteria for defining what a crisis is and when the intervention should take place, and enhancing the monitoring mechanisms with a new mapping procedure and clearer access to data.”
I am at your disposal for further questions.