Minister Troy signs EU Joint Declaration on Processors and Semiconductor Technologies

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Ireland committed to work together with European Member States to bolster Europe’s processor and semiconductor ecosystem

Declaration aims to expand industrial presence across microelectronic supply chain to address key technological, security and societal challenges

29 April 2021

This week Robert Troy TD, Minister for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Law signed the Joint Declaration on Processors and Semiconductor Technologies. By signing, Ireland, along with 21 other Member States, agrees to work together in order to bolster Europe’s processor and semiconductor ecosystem.

The aim of the Declaration is to expand industrial presence across the microelectronics supply chain, in order to address key technological, security and societal challenges. Through the Declaration, Member States also agree to work together to strengthen Europe’s capabilities to design and eventually fabricate the next generation of trusted, low-power processors.

On signing the Declaration, the Minister said:

“On behalf of the Irish Government and as Minister of State with responsibility for Digital, I am delighted to announce that I have signed the Joint Declaration on Processors and Semiconductor Technologies.

“By signing the Declaration, Ireland is sending a strong signal to industry and to Europe that the Irish Government is committed to building on Ireland’s strengths in microelectronics and will engage with opportunities to work with other Member States to drive EU leadership in processor and semiconductor technologies.

“Ireland has an excellent track record in the area of microelectronics, in particular, in research, design and the fabrication of semiconductor wafers and silicon microprocessors. Microelectronics has deep roots in Ireland and the sector has been growing since the first wafer fabrication facility was established in 1976. Today there are over 65 organisations, including 50 enterprises, active in Ireland in the design and / or manufacture of microelectronics and semiconductor devices.”

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