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Week in Brussels: EU-US, Korea digital partnership, FDI screening, Chips Act, Mercosur

A lot of micro-stories this week in trade policy in Brussels that could become significant over time. Below an update on the EU US Trade and Technology Council, digital partnerships, FDI screening, the Chips Act and Mercosur. By Rob Francis and Iana Dreyer.

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FDI screening: Commission expands scope of covered EU funded projects

The European Commission is broadening the coverage of its two-year-old investment screening regulation to include new EU-funded technological projects. On the face of it, the expansion is relatively modest. But it marks another step in the EU’s shift to taking care of its ‘strategic autonomy’ both in the security and …

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Comment: Strategic foresight report heralds tightened investment, trade policies

The European Commission released a 2021 Strategic Foresight Report. This report is is an important signalling device on where Brussels intends to take the EU in the coming years with the blessing of its most powerful member states. And that path clearly heralds a trend towards more investment and trade …

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Healthcare: Commission encourages member states to take closer look at firm take-overs

The European Commission is encouraging member states to actively protect critical medical and healthcare assets. In ‘guidelines’ released on Wednesday night, the EU executive body is seeking to fast-forward the implementation of a regulation on the screening of foreign direct investments that is only due to come into force in …

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Week in Brussels: Ideas market bids for Commission attention

The ritual early September rentrée week in Brussels was all about who will get which jobs in the incoming European Commission. There is a sense that the European Union is at a historically critical juncture. Preoccupations centre on transatlantic relations, China, US-China, Brexit and populism. This is set to have …

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Flash: Super-majority for new EU investment screening mechanism in European Parliament

The European Parliament overwhelmingly voted in favour of a new ‘screening’ mechanism for foreign direct investments. The new regulation mainly enables information sharing among member states on investments into sectors deemed sensitive through a mechanism coordinated by the European Commission. The aim is to watch investments that could jeopardise security …