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“Ceitec is fundamental for Brazil and there is no logic to liquidate it”. This was the reaction of senator Izalci Lucas (PSDB/DF), acting president of the Science and Technology Committee (CCT) of the Senate, this Monday (25), in a public hearing that debated the topic. The most advanced microelectronics center in Latin America, Ceitec (National Center for Advanced Electronic Technology), in Porto Alegre, is in the sights of being closed by the federal government. The closure of its activities was decreed last December.

“This is a matter of state and needs to be taken seriously. If you don’t have an investment right away, let’s look for a solution. Liquidating is the most wrong decision to be taken”, said the toucan senator. Lucas promised to get in touch with ministers Paulo Guedes, of Economy, and Marcus Pontes, of Science, Technology and Innovations (MCTI), as well as colleagues from the Senate to try to reverse the situation.

::Bolsonaro to extinguish Ceitec, a Brazilian state-owned company that is a benchmark in chip manufacturing::

Microchips, tags and sensors

Today, the draft legislative decree 558/2020 is in the House, which blocks the effects of the decree by Jair Bolsonaro that determined the end of the company. The proposal has the signature of senators Jaques Wagner, Jean Paul Prates, Humberto Costa, Paulo Paim, all four of the PT, and Zenaide Maia, of the Pros.

“The meeting was very positive for the agenda of such a strategic issue”, informed in a note to ACCEITEC, the association of employees of the electronic research center.

Inaugurated in 2008 during the Lula government, CEITEC is a privately-held mixed economy company and operates in the semiconductor segment. Develops and manufactures chips, electronic tags and sensors. It is the only nucleus on the continent capable of producing state-of-the-art technology for the manufacture of microchips for passports, satellite components that use 5G technology, as well as chips for monitoring weapons and vehicles.

“Shallow and unfounded arguments”

For Paulo Guedes, CEITEC does not matter, as it spends more than it collects, getting only 10% of what is invested in it. And here the logic of fiscal responsibility prevails.

In the view of ACCEITEC’s management, the Ministry of Economy’s stance was understood as “mistaken” by most participants, presenting “shallow arguments, unfounded and deserving of a more qualified review”.

However, this month, the Federal Court of Accounts (TCU) voted and temporarily suspended the liquidation process.

Land owner is against extinction

There is another element that can hinder the Minister of Economy’s intentions: the land on which CEITEC is based belongs to a company that does not accept dissolution. Condor Empreendimentos Imobiliários maintains that it donated the land to the municipality in 2002 due to the fact that a research center would be implemented there.

Notifying the TCU extrajudicially, Condor explains that, at the time, “instead of receiving for the expropriation, it made the donation of the area, with a charge”. This charge would be “the effective implementation of the referred activity”, that is, CEITEC, as stated in the real estate registry mentioned in the notification.

Condor notices that it learned of the intention to sell through newspaper news. He declared that he disagreed with the idea “since it affronts the condition of donation”. If there is an end to the operation of CEITEC, “the property must, in all evidence, return to the property of the then donor, since the notification was with the charge”.

* With information from the Senate Agency

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