Article 14: National fast-tracking of permit granting procedures
1. Member States shall ensure that administrative applications related to the planning, construction and operation of Integrated Production Facilities and Open EU Foundries are processed in an efficient and timely manner. To that end, all national authorities concerned shall ensure that the most rapid treatment legally possible is given to these applications.
2. Where such status exists in national law, Integrated Production Facilities and Open EU Foundries shall be allocated the status of the highest national significance possible and be treated as such in permit granting processes, including those relating to environmental assessments and if national law so provides, in spatial planning.
3. The security of supply of semiconductors may be considered an imperative reason of overriding public interest within the meaning of Article 6(4) and Article 16(1)(c) of Directive 92/43/EEC and of overriding public interest within the meaning of Article 4(7) of Directive 2000/60. Therefore, the planning, construction and operation of Integrated Production Facilities and Open EU Foundries may be considered of overriding public interest, provided that the remaining other conditions set out in these provisions are fulfilled.
4. For each Integrated Production Facility and Open EU Foundry, the Member State concerned shall nominate an authority responsible for facilitating and coordinating administrative applications related to planning, construction and operation. The authority shall appoint a coordinator who shall serve as the single point of contact for the Integrated Production Facility or Open EU Foundry. The authority may establish a working group where all authorities involved in the administrative applications are represented in order to draw up a permit granting schedule and to monitor and coordinate its implementation. If the setting up of an Integrated Production Facility or an Open EU Foundry requires decisions to be taken in two or more Member States, the respective authorities shall take all necessary steps for efficient and effective cooperation and coordination among themselves.
Note: This is not the final text of the European Chips Act. This is the text of the European Chips Act Proposal of February 2022.