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Chips: EU’s Ambition in a Transatlantic Technology Bridge

By Instituto Affari Internazionali

Semiconductors are vital building blocks of digital technologies. In line with its aspiration for strategic autonomy, the EU has recognised vulnerabilities in its chip supply chain, which heavily relies on foreign firms. The intricate relationship between economic security and open trade underlies the EU’s quest to bolster its domestic capacity while enhancing connections with key global partners. Despite the challenges of finding a policy balance, fostering transatlantic cooperation in the semiconductor domains remains a key ambition. To cultivate a more balanced and effective partnership with the US, the EU should capitalise on its comparative advantages to amplify and fortify its strategic positioning in the global supply chain.

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Author: Nicola Bilotta, Associate Fellow, Istituto Affari Internazionali, Research Associate, Florence School of Banking and Finance, European University Institute.

This text has originally been published on the Instituto Affari Internazionali website.

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