Despite potential readiness to break ground as early as this quarter, the government’s hesitation to send the required notification for public assistance to Brussels has put a pause on the 20 billion PLN project by Intel in Poland. The delay is said to be aimed at pressing the tech giant to increase its commitment to local research and development efforts.
The establishment of Intel’s Semiconductor Integration and Testing Plant was heralded as a cornerstone of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s administration, marking the largest direct foreign investment in Poland’s history.
Projected by Intel in June 2023 to be worth approximately 20 billion PLN, the facility promises to plug Poland into the global technological circuit, enhancing the nation’s technological infrastructure and innovation capacity.
However, just three months ago, Intel Poland’s management unofficially expressed optimism about the project’s initiation possibly within the first quarter of 2024. This optimism has now been tempered by the possibility of governmental delays in seeking approval from Brussels for the provision of public aid to the American company’s venture. The situation raises questions about the potential impact on the project’s timeline and Poland’s technological ambitions, as the wait for governmental action continues.