The European Chips Act

Article 17, Design centres of excellence.

1. The Commission may award a label of ‘design centre of excellence’ to design centres established in the Union that significantly enhance the Union’s capabilities in innovative chip design through their service offerings or through the development, promotion and strengthening of design skills and capabilities.

2. The Commission shall adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 37, supplementing this Regulation by establishing the procedure for applications and the requirements and conditions for the granting, monitoring and withdrawal of the label referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article.

3. Design centres of excellence shall be considered to be in the public interest, thereby contributing to the resilience of the Union’s semiconductor ecosystem. Member States may, without prejudice to Articles 107 and 108 TFEU, apply support measures for design centres of excellence, in particular if such design centres of excellence are SMEs.