The EU Commission proposes a strict system for the control of foreign subsidies on the single market

Levelling the playing field on the internal market by competition law and state aid control rules has been the EU’s mantra from the very beginning. Meanwhile, the EU has become both the world’s main destination for foreign direct investment, with EUR 7,197 billion worth of foreign direct investment stocks held by third-country investors in the EU at the end of 2018. In 2016, 3% of European companies were owned or controlled by non-EU investors representing 35% of total assets and around 16 million jobs [1], with the increase in investments by state owned and offshore companies. Against this background, the European Commission has identified a gap in its rulebook for keeping the internal market fair game. EU State aid rules protect the level playing field from State aid awarded by the

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Bisera Andrijašević, The EU Commission proposes a strict system for the control of foreign subsidies on the single market, 17 June 2020, e-Competitions Foreign Investment, Art. N° 97487

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