SEMI Brussels Forum Urges EU to Retain Semiconductor Manufacturing Expertise

SEMI Brussels Forum Urges EU to Retain Semiconductor Manufacturing Expertise

SEMI Europe “Brussels Forum” Advocates Agenda to European Commissioners

The fourth SEMI Brussels Forum was held March 4 and 5 in Brussels, Belgium to increase awareness of the need for Europe to retain semiconductor manufacturing expertise and to raise the importance of semiconductors on the EU agenda. The event reached out to a significant number of EU stakeholders: the message was delivered to more than 250 people, including 50 representatives from the European Commission, and in a private meeting with European Commission VP Neelie Kroes, in charge of the Digital Agenda.


Heinz Kundert, President of SEMI Europe, presents European Commissioner Neelie Kroes with a 300mm wafer

SEMI staff led members and industry leaders through the lobbying effort to ensure a more competitive environment for the semiconductor and photovoltaic manufacturing industry. Ten meetings were arranged with EU representatives, and a cluster collaboration meeting and a press conference reinforced the major messages.

4th SEMI Brussels Forum reaches out to 250 EU stakeholders on 4-5 March in Brussels

Cabinet Member Damien Levie from DG Trade receives 300mm wafer from Siltronic

Shane Sutherland, Member of Cabinet of Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn from DG Research, receives souvenir

Using the SEMI European Competitiveness White Paper (available on the SEMI Web site) as a foundation for discussions, the event achieved extensive visibility through meetings with European Commissioners for Industry and Entrepreneurship, Competition, Trade, Internal Markets, Education, Digital Agenda, Research, and Energy.

Follow-up actions for SEMI members and staff include providing additional information to several of the European Commissioners and arranging continuing informational meetings with many of them. Several commissioners also expressed interest in visiting European Centres of Excellence (including Fraunhofer Institute and IMEC), and on-site meetings will be scheduled.

Left Photo: Dresden and Grenoble Nano-Electronics Clusters pave the way for strengthened cooperation. From left to right: Roland Werner, Secretary of State from the Saxon State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport; Genevieve Fioraso, Deputy Mayor of Grenoble; Helma Orosz, Mayor of City of Dresden; Heinz Kundert, President, SEMI Europe


SEMI European Advisory Board Members had 10 meetings with the EU as part of the SEMI Brussels Forum 4-5 March 2010

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April 6, 2010