Securing the supply of semiconductors to Europe

An assessment of the EU Chips Act.

Drawing lessons from the ongoing shortages in chip supply, the United States, China and the European Union are adopting industrial policies to secure semiconductor supply chains as well as economic and technological competitiveness. The EU Chips Act, announced in February 2022, represents a real break in Europe’s industrial policy. Are semiconductors the new oil? The answer might be more complicated than just yes or no. Giuseppe Porcaro, Niclas Poitiers and Pauline Weil unpack the economics and geopolitics behind the Chips Act.

Relevant publications:
Briefings de l’Ifri, Fishing for Chips: Assessing the EU Chips Act
Poitiers, N. and P. Weil (2022) ‘Is the EU Chips Act the right approach?’, Bruegel Blog, 2 June
Poitiers, N. and P. Weil (2022) Opaque and ill-defined: the problems with Europe’s IPCEI subsidy framework’, Bruegel Blog, 26 January
Poitiers, N. and P. Weil (2021) ‘A new direction for the European Union’s half-hearted semiconductor strategy‘, Policy Contribution 17/2021, Bruegel

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