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Week in Brussels: Protecting EU infrastructure, CSDDD, Chile, Kenya, SADC

While the world waits for an outcome to the 13th WTO ministerial conference in Abu Dhabi this week – which has gone overtime – here are other news not so much from Brussels than from Strasbourg.. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen talked tough on hostile foreign actors being …

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Week in Brussels: Mercosur, China, single market, Moldova, MC13

This week was dominated by the publication of the European Commission’s Economic Security Strategy on Wednesday. The European Parliament’s trade committee also waved through three separate agreements covering trade and investment. But is there still scope for the EU-Mercosur deal to be finalised in this mandate? And how did Chinese …

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European Commission aims to make FDI screening mandatory

The European Commission has released a long-anticipated package aiming at enhancing what it terms its “economic security”. Today’s package includes one single concrete legislative proposal to amend an existing regulation on foreign direct investment screening. Other proposals on dual-use exports and potentially screening outbound investments are still in an early …

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INTA roundup: EU New Zealand FTA, Mercosur, FDI screening

The international trade committee held a particularly intense session on Monday and Tuesday (23 & 24 October). MEPs adopted a short resolution on Taiwan and are preparing a report on the EU Southern African Development Community Economic Parternship Agreement – more later. Below, a sample of other notable developments or …

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In-depth: EU FDI screening gets more traction

The European Commission reports that there is noticeable progress among EU member states in adopting or strengthening their inward FDI screening mechanisms since Russia attacked Ukraine in March 2022. The commission is expected to obtain greater support for its plan to strengthen the existing EU-wide investment screening mechanism from at …

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Commission rolls out soft method to secure critical technologies

The European Commission is asking member states to “conduct collective risk assessments” in the areas of advanced semiconductor technologies, artificial intelligence, quantum and biotechnologies by the end of 2023. The recommendation, which, as its name indicates is not a piece of hard law, is the first attempt at rolling out …

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‘Economic security’: EU looks to toughen up its export control regime

Like so many other European Commission ‘communications’, the economic security strategy is mainly a means to spell out and join up already existing economic policies the EU has adopted to respond to growing global geopolitical turbulence. So what’s new about the new document unveiled today?