The Commission is seeking insights on existing strengths, gaps and issues to be addressed in order to increase the resilience of electronics value chains in Europe. This will help in shaping a renewed strategy for electronics value chains in Europe and to identify appropriate policy initiatives, coordinated actions and investments needed.
Vice-President Neelie Kroes (in office from 9 February 2010 to 1 November 2014) received on the 14th February 2014 an Industrial Roadmap. The document defines the steps which Europe should take for assuring its leadership in the electronics sector.
Organic and Large Area Electronics (OLAE) is a branch of electronics that works on conductive polymers, plastics, or small molecules instead of 'conventional' silicon semiconductors. It is called 'organic' electronics because OLAE displays are carbon-based.
Electronics is a Key Enabling Technology underpinning Europe's wider industrial competitiveness in sectors from energy to automotive, or health. The electronics strategy consists of several steps, to increase investment, dialogue and participation.
The strategy on electronics components and systems, adopted by the Commission on 23rd May 2013, emphasises the importance of continuous dialogue with key Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs), regions and Member States to strengthen the micro- and nanoelectronics eco-system at the European level.
The Electronics Strategy spans policy instruments at regional, national and EU level including financial support for research, development and innovation (RDI), access to capital investment (CAPEX), as well as the improvement and better use of relevant legislation.