The new EU Regulation on the screening of foreign direct investments: A tool for disguised protectionism?

Prof. Nikos Lavranos, Secretary General of EFILA In December 2018, the EU institutions agreed on the text for an EU Regulation establishing a mechanism for screening all foreign investments into the EU. In just over a year the EU institutions adopted this Regulation, which is unusually fast and reflects the apparent political will of the… Read More The new EU Regulation on the screening of foreign direct investments: A tool for disguised protectionism?

The Pre-Establishment National Treatment Obligation: How Common Is It?

Vrinda Vinayak* Introduction The national treatment obligation in international investment agreements (IIAs) is a double-edged sword – while it may attract foreign investment by guaranteeing equal access to and treatment in the domestic market, it has the potential to limit autonomy and sovereignty of nations in formulating domestic policy, and opens these measures up to… Read More The Pre-Establishment National Treatment Obligation: How Common Is It?

ICC: Policy Statement Foreign Direct Investment

The ICC Commission on Trade and Investment Policy has just issued a Policy Statement on Foreign Direct Investment arguing the necessity of FDI and of ISDS mechanisms for ensuring economic growth in our global society. Investment, including foreign direct investment (FDI), plays an important role in determining a country’s economic prospects. ICC strongly supports FDI as an effective… Read More ICC: Policy Statement Foreign Direct Investment