On January 20, 2022, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced the proposal for a chip law to promote digital technology at a meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF). However, since last October 11, users have shared an image of that meeting more than 1,900 times on the network with the statement that WEF President Klaus Schwab would “thank the European Union for the implantation of microchips across Europe”. population”. The truth is that Schwab congratulated von der Leyen for the chip act and said nothing about “setting them up”.
“It’s official. Chip for all European populations. WEF owner Klaus Schwab congratulated EU leaders for their progress towards microchipping the entire European population”they say in the publication Twitter and Facebook.
Screenshot of a Twitter post made on October 18, 2022
The publication shares a photo showing World Economic Forum (WEF) President Klaus Schwab and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
Reverse-searching the viral image found an article by the World Economic Forum (WEF) that recorded von der Leyen’s videoconference speech on the stage in Davos, Switzerland on January 20, 2022. WEF, known for organizing the World Meetings held since January. A series of virtual presentations and debates between world leaders from 17 to 21.
AFP Factual saw the record without praising von der Leyen from Schwab “Placement of Microchips in the Entire European Population”But congratulations to the leader of the European Commission for the future implementation of the European Chip Law to regulate and promote digital technology.
During his speech, von der Leyen explained the importance of microchips or semiconductors in modern technology. “Today we have microchips not only in our computers and phones but in our vehicles, hospitals, home heating, respirators. There is no digitization without a chip, and the need for chips in Europe will double in the next decade and so we need to increase our presence in Europe in the development of production and use of this key technology.Talking on the subject, he said.
“Most of our supply comes from a handful of producers outside Europe and this is a dependency and uncertainty we cannot accept. Therefore, by 2030, 20% of microchip production should be in Europe. Keep in mind that world production will double, which means quadruple the current European production, we have no time to lose.The senior European official continued, later announcing that it would propose European chip legislation in early February 2022.
Von der Leyen said at the time that the initiative would help Europe move forward in five areas: strengthening research capacity, increasing chip manufacturing, adopting production facility regulations, ensuring the supply of microchips, and providing support.
Weeks after their intervention, on 8 February, the European Commission formally introduced the European Chip Law (“CHIPS Act”).
The plan includes some 43 billion euros (about $42.4 billion) to double semiconductor production in the European Union (EU) by 2030 and reach 20% of the global market.
On the same day as von der Leyen’s presentation, on 20 January, the President of the WEF thanked the President of the European Commission for his intervention. This is the moment that has gone viral in the network. But Schwab, in his speech, highlighted the proposal for the European chip law put forward by von der Leyen and said that “This is an important step towards building the legal infrastructure for digitization and its expansion in Europe”,
Google searches for words in the phrase attributed to Schwab found no results.
Consulted by AFP Factual, WEF spokesman Alem Tedenke told AFP on October 20, 2022: “We’re not going to microchip people and Klaus Schwab has never made a statement like that.”,
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