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Commission to investigate R&D aid to SGS-Thomson

The European Commission has decided to investigate the Italian government's proposal to provide research and development aid of ECU 18 million to SGS-Thomson, an international semiconductor manufacturer. The proposed funding will contribute to the design and development of de...

The European Commission has decided to investigate the Italian government's proposal to provide research and development aid of ECU 18 million to SGS-Thomson, an international semiconductor manufacturer. The proposed funding will contribute to the design and development of dedicated integrated circuits and silicon processing methods, in a research process which began in 1993. The Commission is investigating the proposed aid grant in relation to its necessity, its incentive effect and the pre-competitive nature of the work.

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