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Czech presidency seeks Council place with decreased price range – EURACTIV.com

Six weeks from the top of its EU Council presidency, Prague is attempting to beat remaining variations between member states over EU semiconductor regulation by reducing the price range by 400 million euros and opening up the allocation of funds to completely different contractual preparations.

Final Friday (18 November), the Czech Council Presidency circulated a brand new compromise textual content on the Semiconductor Regulation. EURACTIV was capable of seek the advice of the doc.

This laws goals to spice up Europe’s capabilities within the discipline of semiconductors and to empower the European Fee to take emergency motion in crises affecting the provision chain.

The textual content is on the agenda for the assembly of the Committee of Everlasting Representatives (PR) on Wednesday (23 November). The endorsement of EU ambassadors is critical for the textual content to obtain ministerial approval on the December 1 Competitiveness Council.

It isn’t but sure that the Czech Presidency has a majority for its textual content, as Germany, Spain, Poland, Romania, Greece and Slovakia have invoked a “scrutiny reservationwhich signifies that their place is the topic of inside discussions between the ministries involved.

The price range

Throughout a gathering of ambassadors on November 4, the difficulty of financing the semiconductor regulation turned out to be one of the crucial controversial matters. Certainly, the EU price range is already restricted and this initiative was not taken into consideration when it was arrange.

On the identical time, what the European Fee has placed on the desk hardly corresponds to the massive investments that financial powers similar to China and america are making on this sector – a mismatch between ambitions and assets made much more obvious. within the new textual content.

The Czechs notably proposed to not embrace the relocation of funding from Horizon Europe, the EU’s flagship analysis programme, which interprets into a discount of 400 million euros in funds that have been to be allotted via this system for a digital Europe.

As well as, the textual content specifies that the €1.25 billion made accessible underneath Digital Europe will finance capacity-building actions, whereas the €1.65 billion from Horizon Europe is dedicated to analysis and innovation.

A draft Council assertion has been included within the annex. The latter invitations the Fee to assist the Council’s efforts to keep up the initiative’s price range on the deliberate degree of three.3 billion euros by exploring various financing options which will likely be mentioned in the course of the subsequent price range negotiations.

Consortia

The opposite topic which stays politically delicate on this part of the negotiations issues the European Consortiums for an Infrastructure of Microchips (ECIC), a mechanism meant to facilitate I’entry to European funding.

Nevertheless, a number of Member States don’t see the necessity to create a brand new framework along with the standard analysis consortia and complain that these preparations typically favor the bigger Member States, that are higher positioned to hold out these initiatives.

Whereas stressing that there was nonetheless a majority of nations supporting the inclusion of ECICs within the proposal, the Czech Presidency amended the textual content as a compromise to make clear that the allocation of funds shouldn’t be primarily based on the shape particular authorized framework of the cooperation, which signifies that different preparations must also be attainable.

By way of transparency, the compromise specifies that “Member States, specifically, ought to be capable of be a part of an ECIC at any time, both as full members or as observers, whereas different public or non-public authorized entities ought to be capable of be a part of at any time honest and affordable phrases specified within the articles of affiliation“.

The board of public authorities of the three way partnership for semiconductors ought to be capable of confirm the opening of an ECIC and request that corrective measures be taken if neededadded the Presidency of the Council of the EU.

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[Édité par Anne-Sophie Gayet]

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