Semiconductors are essential to the functioning of our modern economy and society. Within the past years, the Union has witnessed unprecedented disruptions in their supply, which have entailed serious delays and negative effects on important economic sectors, including delays to the repair and maintenance of essential products for critical sectors.
Against this background, the Commission published on 8 February 2022 the European Chips Act Package to address the global semiconductor crisis, create an attractive environment for investment and strengthen Europe’s technological leadership along the semiconductor value chain. The package includes a Recommendation with immediate effect to enable the rapid and coordinated monitoring of the European semiconductor value chain, focussing on risks that may disrupt, compromise or negatively affect the supply of semiconductors.
With a view to properly coordinate Commission and Member States actions (in among others monitoring the value chain), the European Semiconductor Expert Group (ESEG) has been set up. This group facilitates rapid and effective information exchange on market developments that put Union supplies at risk and enables a coordinated crisis response.
In order for the group to: a) establish a precise assessment of risks, b) increase the supply chain transparency and resilience against potential disruptions, and c) enable decision-makers to respond to shortages, it would need timely access to information coming directly from companies. To this end, the Commission has setup this system, among other initiatives, via which interested stakeholders active in the semiconductor value chain have the opportunity to report early signs of disruptions.
The information provided will be uploaded to the EU-survey secure platform, to which only the European Commission has access. The Commission will respect the confidentiality of information and data obtained via this system. Appropriate measures will be taken to react to the information received and, when considered necessary, to get back to the concerned parties.
If your organisation is aware of or facing a disruption of the EU semiconductor value chain, use this form to report it https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/Semiconductor_Alert_System