The CATRENE Final Report, released in November 2016, provided the opportunity to reflect on its contributions to the European digital economy. Overall, 51 projects were funded under this programme with a total effort of close to 9000 person-years across 20 countries. Small and medium size enterprises were largely integrated in projects, which guaranteed a rapid transfer from R&D to innovation and small scale production. While 17 projects are still underway, CATRENE can already claim a strong impact on the European society and economy. More than 1700 publications and presentations assured the broad range dissemination of R&D results inside the academic and commercial environment. Over 200 patents have already been filed, helping European industry to keep and even improve a strong position in the highly competitive world of micro-and nanoelectronics and key applications.