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Farhad Jalinous stressed that, over the last years, several countries have implemented or enhanced FDI controls across the globe, including countries in Europe. Many countries have only started to adopt FDI regimes, thirty years after the U.S. adopted its regime. First, there is a convergence in views that sensitive sectors need to be protected in a more coherent way from what is called in the U.S. adversarial capital. The Covid-19 pandemic also brought FDI restrictions into sharper focus and accelerated changes at the national level across the world. Mr Jalinous explained that the discussions will focus on France, Germany and the role of the European Commission’s FDI framework. He then presented the panellists.