(Central News Agency reporter Tian Xiru, Brussels, 24th) The European Parliament Industry and Energy Committee voted today to pass the EU chip law, which includes a rare amendment requiring the EU to carry out “chip diplomacy” and strategic partners such as Taiwan, the United States, Japan, and South Korea. Collaborate to ensure supply chain security.
Since the shortage of global semiconductor supply during the epidemic, the situation has not yet eased. For example, Volvo’s plant in Ghent, Belgium, announced on the 20th that it will suspend operations for a week due to a shortage of chips. In recent years, governments such as Europe and the United States have regarded chips as important strategic materials, and have proposed bills to pursue supply chain autonomy.
Last year, the European Commission proposed a draft “Framework of measures for strengthening Europe’s semiconductor ecosystem (EU Chips Act)” and sent it to the European Parliament for review. One of the specific goals of the bill is to increase Europe’s share of the global semiconductor market from less than 10% currently to 20%.
The European Parliament’s Industry and Energy Committee voted overwhelmingly 67 to 1 today to approve the draft law on chips and amendments proposed by various parliamentary groups. In addition to promoting semiconductor R&D innovation and setting early warning indicators for supply chain crises, the content of the law also includes provisions on cooperation with third countries that are worth noting.
Article 7 of the EU chip law draft states that due to the global nature of the semiconductor supply chain, cooperation with third countries is an important condition for the EU to seek the resilience of the semiconductor ecosystem, so the Executive Committee should assist the European Semiconductor Board Next, establish a partnership with a third country.
Several members of parliament, including Nicola Beer, the vice-president of the European Parliament who visited Taiwan last year, have proposed similar amendments to this article, explicitly including “third-country cooperation” in Taiwan. Diplomats familiar with the workings of the European Parliament told WebMD that EU bills that directly incorporate Taiwan are quite rare.
Article 7a is added to the consolidated version of the amendments passed by the Industry and Energy Committee, stipulating: “The Executive Committee, on behalf of the EU, should seek cooperation with strategic partners with similar ideas, such as the United States, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, which have advantages in the semiconductor industry. , through the “chip diplomacy initiative” to strengthen supply security, respond to broken chains, and cover dialogue and coordination in areas such as chip raw materials and third-country export controls.”
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The clause requires the EU to establish a chip diplomacy mechanism and establish investment and trade agreements or other diplomatic measures with partners to strengthen exchanges and ensure chip security.
The next step for the draft chip law and its amendments is to hold party group consultations during the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on February 13-16. The Council of the European Union in the “House of Lords”, that is, representatives of member states, negotiate and complete legislation after the two institutions reach a consensus. (Editor: Chen Zhengyi) 1120125