Commission Vice-President in charge of competition policy, JoaquÍn Almunia, said: "The aim of the Nano2017 programme is to make major advances in the field of nanoelectronics. It offers a new European dimension that will boost synergies between the three major European clusters and establish a structure for the sector. Once more, our decision shows that the monitoring of state aid does not in any way impede modern and forward-looking industrial policies, but is a way of investing effectively in the key sector of research, innovation and development."
At the end of 2013,
The programme is being implemented by a consortium of 174 partners from 19 countries across
The Commission examined the aid in the light of its framework for state aid for research and development and innovation and concluded that the aid would remedy market failures. It will improve coordination both among companies in the sector, and between companies and research bodies, making it possible for the results of the project to be disseminated widely through scientific publications and training programmes. It will also enable European suppliers of the semiconductor industry (parts manufacturers, support services, substrate suppliers) to continue developing a state-of-the-art R&D and production infrastructure in
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