EU Sets 2030 Target to Produce Cutting-Edge Semiconductors

The European Union is planning to produce its own advanced semiconductors by 2030, part of the bloc’s plans to reduce “high-risk dependencies” on technology companies in the U.S. and Asia.

Officials want to ensure that at least 20% of the world’s cutting-edge semiconductors by value are produced in Europe by the end of the decade, according to a draft document obtained by Bloomberg. The document, which could still change, is due to be presented next week by the European Commission, the bloc’s executive body.

The EU has discussed potentially establishing a new foundry as part of a plan to boost semiconductor production in Europe, Bloomberg has reported previously. The EU wants to manufacture chips faster than the most efficient 5nm semiconductors made by industry leaders Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and Samsung Electronics Co.

“A reduction in critical dependencies will enable the EU to become digitally sovereign and better able to assert European interests,” the EU said in the document, which said its approach would seek to support “the open nature of the Internet.”

The so-called Digital Compass plan outlines the bloc’s digital goals for the next decade. As part of that, it also aims to deploy 10,000 climate-neutral facilities to guarantee businesses have rapid access to data services, develop a computer with quantum acceleration by 2025 and cover populated areas in Europe with 5G by 2030. In addition, the EU said over the next decade it wants to double the number of unicorns, or companies with a valuation above $1 billion, by improving access to financing.

The document didn’t say how it planned to achieve these goals, however.

A monitoring system will be established to measure whether the EU and its member states are meeting the targets, and the commission will publish an annual report detailing its progress.

The proposal will still need approval from both the bloc’s member states and the European Parliament. Members in October had called on the commission to present such a plan by this month.

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