Brussels, 29 Jun 2004
Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin, Enterprise and Information Society Commissioner Erkki Liikanen and Pasquale Pistorio, President and CEO of STMicroelectronics, outlined a strategic vision for the future of nanoelectronics in Europe in Brussels on 29 June 2004.
Nanoelectronics is of vital importance for Europe, not only for generating tens of thousands of highly skilled jobs but also as a crucial enabler of growth and competitiveness in most other industrial sectors. These include telecommunications, automotive, multimedia, consumer goods and medical systems. Huge investments are required to remain at the forefront of global developments and stay ahead of strong international competition.
A group of top-level executives from European industries and research organisations has therefore prepared a report entitled
that highlights the key importance of ensuring advanced research and high-value manufacturing capabilities in Europe. It calls on all stakeholders – industries, research centres, academia and policymakers – to act together to mobilise all available resources.
The key recommendation of the high level group is the creation of a Technology Platform to strengthen collaborative research, create a more favourable regulatory and financial environment, and offer a course of action to back winners in this key sector. Major semiconductor and electronics companies, as well as research institutes across Europe, are already indicating their broad support for this initiative and would look forward to taking an active role.