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Online public consultation on policy measures needed to create, expand and keep semiconductor clusters in Europe competitive

Policy field(s)


Target Goup(s)

Industry, academia, governments, investors

Period of consultation

Open from 31/07/2012 until 15/09/2012

Brief description

Semiconductors enable many of the key technologies and innovations required for advancing a sustainable information and communication economy. Therefore, the semiconductors industry is crucial for Europe’s competitiveness.

An important condition for achieving global competitiveness, in turn, refers to grouping semiconductor suppliers and end-users into clusters. Such clusters or nanoelectronics eco-zones offer local employment, ensure local sourcing in Europe for systems suppliers and trigger the establishment of local branches of non-European high-tech industries. Finally, these clusters contribute significantly to European high-tech exports.

Therefore, to build a European leadership position in a targeted way, a broad set of effective measures are required to create, expand and keep semiconductor clusters in Europe competitive. Identification of such measures is the objective of the current public consultation.

Specifically, the consultation is structured around the following dimensions:

  • Policy measures and incentives such as state aid, tax incentives, favourable trade conditions, pre- commercial public procurement, access to finance (seed capital, venture capital, loans), public-private partnerships and other means;
  • R&D&I capacities;
  • Effect of innovation policy and industrial policy regimes;
  • Technology transfer from research organisations and universities to companies within and between semiconductor clusters;
  • Technology transfer between the semiconductor manufacturing companies and different application customers;
  • Cluster organisations; and
  • Potential for new clusters or further networking.

Anticipated impact

The results of the current consultation are expected to provide inputs for evidence-based policy recommendations that would allow national and European policy makers to develop effective measures in order to improve the “European advantage” of the semiconductors industry and value chain. The recommendations also aim to link national/regional level clusters and the most effective measures to the future European level programmes, like Horizon 2020 and others.

How to submit your contribution

The contributions can be submitted by filling in an online questionnaire.

To open the questionnaire, click on the following link:

Preview of the questionnaire

This pdf file provides an overview of the questions on this consultation. Please note that the inputs can only be submitted via the link above.


Online public consultation on "Future Joint Technology Initiative(s) on electronic components and embedded systems"

Policy field(s)

Information society

Target Goup(s)

The consultation is fully open to all citizens and organisations concerned with the future innovation in ICT in Europe and its link with electronic components and embedded systems in Europe. Contributions are particularly sought from public authorities, Member States authorities, private organizations, electronics industry, SMEs, European Technology Platforms, Joint Technology Initiatives, research institutions and universities, research funding organisations, international organisations, consumer advocacy group and other interested parties.

Period of consultation

The public consultation will last 12 weeks.
It is open from 20/07/2012 until 12/10/2012

Purpose of the consultation

DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology is launching a public consultation on "Future Joint Technology Initiative(s) on electronic components and embedded systems"

In the context of the next Framework Programme for research and innovation, Horizon 2020 , a strong emphasis is placed on supporting innovation in addition to research and development. Specific attention is given to ICT and to the Key Enabling Technologies (KET). Nanoelectronics, embedded systems and microsystems are within the focus of ICT in Horizon 2020, as well as the KET and innovation policy.

This public consultation is related to the definition of future Joint Technology Initiatives (JTI) to further support activities currently co-funded by the European Commission. In particular this consultation addresses the future JTI(s) covering the ENIAC and ARTEMIS Joint Undertakings.

The questionnaire is aimed at gathering the opinions of current and potential stakeholders on the opportunity, scale and scope of possible JTI(s) on electronic components and embedded systems to help drive innovation at European level.

How to submit your contribution

The consultation is being launched only in electronic form via the interactive policy-making tool. You are invited to reply to this public consultation by answering the IPM on-line questionnaire.

You are strongly advised to prepare your contribution in advance before filling-in the questionnaire online. We recommend you download the PDF file of the questionnaire , to allow you to draft your answers to the open text questions carefully. After preparing all your answers, please fill out the questionnaire.

Questions are either compulsory or optional. If any of the compulsory fields have not been filled in, the system will not allow you to submit the questionnaire but will redirect you to the incomplete answer and give you an opportunity to correct it. An error message will appear in a purple/red color under the question in which a problem occurred.

In this questionnaire, NA stands for Non Applicable and is provided in many cases to allow you to provide an answer whenever you do not have a specific opinion on one question.

If you leave the questionnaire for 90 minutes without activity, your contribution will not be saved due to a time-out. This is much more than the time necessary to complete the questionnaire but you may need to read beforehand the PDF file of the questionnaire in case you wish to provide long comments to the questions.

When you successfully submit the questionnaire, a confirmation message will appear on your screen and you can print your answers.

The questionnaire is only available in English .

Contributions received in reply to the consultation will be handled exclusively by the Commission services in full confidence; the summary of the consultation's results will be published on the Commission's website.

If you are replying on behalf of an organisation, please state your name and address in your reply. Any reply on behalf of an organisation which does not state the interests which it represents will be regarded as an individual reply and not a collective reply.

It is important to read the specific privacy statement (hereunder) to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

Result of consultation and next steps

The  consolidated report  was published on the Digital Agenda website.

Contact details responsible service

DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology - Unit A.4 "Components"
Postal address:
European Commission
B-1049 Brussels, Belgium

Some supporting documents and links

Address of the questionnaire:

Background document

Protection of personal data

Legal notice of personal data protection

Specific privacy statement


Online public consultation on Key Digital Goods

Policy field(s)


Target Goup(s)

The consultation is open to everyone. Special focus is put on end-users of digital goods.

Purpose of the consultation

This survey is a part of a study 'Key Digital Goods' Driving Innovation in the Nanoelectronics Industry in Europe.

How to submit your contribution

The contributions can be submitted by filling in an online questionnaire.

To open the questionnaire, click on the following link: