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Parliamentary questions
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4 June 2021
Question for written answer  E-002984/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Othmar Karas (PPE)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Planned acquisitions of EU semiconductor firms

The Taiwanese semiconductor firm GlobalWafers Co. Ltd. is planning to complete the acquisition of a German rival, Siltronic AG, in the second half of 2021. That would create, in terms of sales, the world’s second-largest manufacturer of silicon wafers, which are used to produce computer chips. Regulatory approval in Germany is one matter that is still pending. Alongside the acquisition of the British firms Arm Ltd. and Dialog Semiconductor PLC by the US firm Nvidia Corporation and the Japanese business Renesas Electronics respectively, this acquisition is currently the third instance of non-EU firms gaining ownership of leading EU semiconductor companies.

1. What is the Commission's assessment of the impact of the proposed acquisition of Siltronic AG on the EU semiconductor industry, in particular as regards the competitiveness of the internal market, the EU’s role as an industrial centre, security of supply in critical technologies, and intellectual property?

2. What is the Commission's specific assessment, with regard to security and public order, of the proposed acquisition of Siltronic AG in the light of the newly established framework for the screening of foreign direct investments into the Union (Regulation (EU) 2019/452)?

3. What is the Commission doing to concretely implement the revised industrial strategy and the joint declaration by, at present, 22 EU Member States on processors and semiconductor technologies in order to sustainably support the EU semiconductor industry and to make the important project of common European interest (IPCEI) on, inter alia, energy-efficient computer chips a reality?

Original language of question: DE
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