On November 18, 2021, intending to overcome the global chip shortage and intense worldwide competition, The European Commission said it might aid to fund the production of semiconductors in the 27-nation bloc.
FREMONT, CA: On November 18, 2021, intending to overcome the global chip shortage and intense worldwide competition, The European Commission said it might aid to fund the production of semiconductors in the 27-nation bloc. On this subject, the EU's executive arm added that the scarcity of semiconductors will continue to affect the region's economy. Automakers are also facing the shortage hit which has slowed or halted the production. Many Asia-based chip-makers tend to earn self-sufficiency by boosting production on its soil. Margrethe Vestager, the European commissioner for competition, stated that the commission might approve support European first-of-a-kind facilities to fill possible funding gaps in the semiconductor ecosystem.
With the aim to make the bloc competitive in the race for the most advanced chips by expanding research and production in the EU, the European Chips Act in September exhibited this after the Vestager’s announcement. The U.S is also stepping up in the global race to support the industry. Earlier this year, U.S. lawmakers approved a bill to boost domestic semiconductor production. Furthermore, Vestager says that the EU can’t rely on one country or company alone for semiconductor chips, although self-sufficiency is an illusion. The purpose should be to develop a resilient supply chain to avoid single points of failure and create diversification among like-minded partners. Meanwhile, to support companies hit by the coronavirus pandemic the commission extended the State Aid Temporary Framework till July end.