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Micro and nano-electronics take us to the world in miniature, where big things are facilitated by the smallest and smartest electronic components and systems.

When talking about micro-technologies, we are referring to those in millimetres. Nanotechnologies take us even smaller, to nanometres: one millionth of a millimetre, or 1/60,000 the width of a human hair.

Why are these tiny things so important?

We have come to depend more and more on electronic components and systems; these technologies and the solutions that they provide are the very basis of our everyday devices, such mobile phones and computers.

This is just the beginning

Within this field we are working at the frontiers of hardware and software. Micro and nano-electronics are part of the key enabling technologies (KETs). KETs are the drivers of the development of digital goods. They can open important new possibilities for Europe's growth and industrial competitiveness, create new jobs and usher in new products and services.

Key Digital Technologies Partnership

The Council has given its green light to a European joint undertaking on key digital technologies. This will involve a partnership between the European Union, Member States, and/or industry. Once set up, new calls for proposals will be launched, to select and finance research and innovation projects according to their respective objectives. 

The key digital technologies partnership will focus on electronic components. This includes the design, manufacture of such components, and their integration into systems. It aims to support the digital transformation of the economy and society and help progress towards the European Green Deal. It will also support research and innovation for next-generation microprocessors, increasing Europe's competitiveness and technological sovereignty in this area.



EU to set up new European Partnerships and invest nearly €10 billion for the green and digital transition

The Commission has proposed to set up 10 new European Partnerships between the European Union, Member States and/or the industry. The goal is to speed up the transition towards a green, climate neutral and digital Europe, and to make European industry more resilient and competitive. The EU will provide nearly €10 billion of funding that the partners will match with at least an equivalent amount of investment.

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