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The Foreign Investment Regulation Review Edition 5 – EU Overview

September 2017

The Foreign Investment Regulation Review, Edition 5
THE EU PLANS TO START REVIEWING FOREIGN INVESTMENTS: A MODEST AMBITION?

The past months have witnessed intense discussions at European and national level on the need to review foreign investment flows in sensitive sectors. At the initiative of President Emmanuel Macron of France, the European Council addressed the issue of reciprocity in public procurement and investment on 22 June. On 12 July, Germany widened the scope of review of the acquisition of German companies by non-EU/EFTA nationals. On 28 July, France, Germany and Italy issued a paper on a common approach to foreign investment control.

On 13 September, the president of the European Commission addressed this issue in his State of the Union speech and emphasized the ‘deep responsibility’ to protect collective security in the EU. This chapter reflects on the events of the past months and discusses the possibility for the introduction of European rules on the matter of foreign investment screening.

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The Foreign Investment Regulation Review. Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd. This article was first published in The Foreign Investment Regulation Review, Edition 5 (published in September 2017 – editor Calvin S Goldman QC).

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