Industrial policy (KETs)

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Industrial policy (KETs)


The Key Enabling Technologies initiative was launched in 2008 to raise the profile of certain sectors within European policy and funding programs. These sectors are deemed to form the basis for Europe’s industrial value chains; by reinforcing KETs, Europe is reinforcing its overall global industrial competitiveness.

The 6 EU Key Enabling Technologies are:

Micro-/nanoelectronics (including printed electronics)

• Nanotechnology


Advanced materials

Industrial biotechnology

Advanced manufacturing technologies

A High Level Expert Group (HLG) initiated by the European Commission developed eleven recommendations to improve the policy environment for KETs. The European Commission then picked up these recommendations in its policy communication 2012. SEMI was active in this debate from the very beginning and our six priority concerns were addressed by the Commission.

Documents (downloads):

SEMI White Paper
SEMI White Paper on Key Enabling Technologies (2008) 


EU official documents