On 23 November, the European Commission Vice-President, Mr Ansip and the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister, Mr De Croo, visited imec, a world-leading research hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies and a partner in 16 projects funded by ECSEL Joint Undertaking, including pilot lines such as SeNaTe, TAKE5 and TAKEMI5 etc.
Imec works closely with industrial partners such as ASML, another partner in ECSEL JU projects, and the world's leading manufacturers of cutting-edge lithography equipment used in the development and production of semiconductor materials, part of all electronic devices. The range of applications that benefits from their solutions is very broad and includes health, agriculture, energy, security, communications, and transport.
During the very productive round table with Luc Van den Hove, CEO and President of imec, Markus Matthes, Executive Vice-President Development & Engineering, Member of the Executive Committee of ASML and Bert De Colvenaer, Executive Director of the ECSEL Joint Undertaking, the Commissioner underlined the importance of a well-coordinated research and innovation (R&I) strategy in the European Union: “If we don’t invest in research and innovation, we cannot expects benefits later on”, he stressed.
Mr Ansip emphasised also the need of acting and investing together: “There are many areas, such as cybersecurity or high performance computing, where no Member State can act alone. We have to keep the value chain in Europe and to achieve this, there is a need to create and maintain a truthful legal framework, which will help Europe re-gain its leading position in digital world”.
However, the need of larger investments has to be properly communicated. We have to promote better the existing EU funded projects and their results by using a language of ordinary people: “Our citizens need to understand the added value of European investment”, concluded the Commissioner. A site visit to imec took place at the end of the round table.
ECSEL JU is fully committed to inform all policy makers and stakeholders about ECSEL JU projects results and achievements.