At the very start of 2018, the Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel, launched a process with a view to updating the current strategy on electronics in Europe. The Commissioner met with high-level representatives of companies and research and technology organisations active in semiconductor technology, in order to discuss this process, while emphasizing on the importance and delivery of the task at hand.
Through this process, the European Commission aims to explore Europe's strengths and assets in strategic value chains in electronic components and systems, and to identify future policy initiatives, coordinated actions and investments needed to ensure that Europe reaps the full benefits of digital transformation. To this end, the Commission is organising a set of supporting activities seeking input from different value chains and other areas of strategic interest.
Workshops on electronic value chains
The Commission has put in place a workshop-series process on electronic value chains, so as to enable efficient and dynamic discussions. The following is a list of the workshops planned and their corresponding topics:
- Health, well-being and medical technologies - 7th March 2018
- Robotics, automation and autonomous systems (industry 4.0 and beyond) - 8th March 2018
- Energy management, including electrification of cars and smart grids - 22nd March 2018
- Automotive focussing on connected and autonomous driving - 11th April 2018
- Artificial intelligence, low-power computing and acceleration - 18th April 2018
- Essential technologies for aerospace, defence and cybersecurity - 19th April 2018
In addition to the attendance to the workshops, a survey has been developed with the aim of gathering more widespread input from all stakeholders involved in the Electronics value chains in Europe.
Following the completion of the series of workshops on the electronic value chains, an individual report for each was produced to reflect the discussions and conclusions:
- 'Health, well-being and medical technologies' workshop report
- 'Robotics, automation and autonomous systems (industry 4.0 and beyond)' workshop report
- 'Energy management, including electrification of cars and smart grids' workshop report
- 'Automotive focussing on connected and autonomous driving' workshop report
- 'Artificial intelligence, low-power computing and acceleration' workshop report
- 'Essential technologies for aerospace, defence and cybersecurity' workshop report
Proposals for boosting electronics value chains
A report consisting of 8 proposed actions to strengthen electronics value chains in Europe was presented in June 2018. These actions combine European and national level strengths and resources in partnerships that support the industry's capacity to deliver innovations to essential sectors of the economy.