Digital sovereignty refers to an economic area’s ability either to develop for itself digital technologies that are critical for competitiveness and for the state’s ability to act, or to obtain such technologies without unilateral dependence on other economic areas. This is the only way we can also define and bring transparency to how these technologies work, how they handle data, and ultimately how they preserve our freedom.
Boost European chip production
In microelectronics, the chief strengths of Germany and Europe are in design and hetero-integration / advanced packaging, as well as in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), optoelectronics and power electronics. Fraunhofer and the Research Fab Microelectronics provide important impetus along the value chain here, starting with design and extending to prototyping and small-volume production. Industrial manufacturing of highly integrated microchips is extremely dependent on semiconductor fabs in Asia; however, this gap is to be closed by the European Chips Act proposed by the European Commission for 2022, which will attract companies and help them establish and expand in Europe. Around 43 billion euros is to be made available for the production of semiconductors in the EU with the aim of significantly increasing Europe’s share of manufacturing.