The EU Commission releases its first annual FDI Screening Report on the screening of foreign direct investment in the Union

On 23 November 2021, the European Commission published its first Annual Report on the screening of foreign direct investment (“FDI”) into the Union. Key messages of the report are: (i) a growing number of Member States are introducing new, or broadening the scope of existing, FDI screening mechanisms; (ii) only one fifth of notified investments were formally screened, and, of those, a mere 2% were prohibited; and (iii) the three sectors with the highest number of transactions were manufacturing, ICT, and wholesale and retail. The Commission’s report shows an expected decrease in FDI into the EU due to the COVID pandemic: the amount of investments fell by 71% to € 98 billion compared to € 335 billion in 2019. The five main countries of origin of the ultimate investor, in the cases notified

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Laura Lehoczky-Deckers, The EU Commission releases its first annual FDI Screening Report on the screening of foreign direct investment in the Union, 23 novembre 2021, e-Competitions November 2021, Art. N° 104639

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