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Parliamentary question - P-005382/2020Parliamentary question
P-005382/2020

    Foreign Direct Investment statistics

    Priority question for written answer P-005382/2020
    to the Commission
    Rule 138
    Bart Groothuis (Renew), Liesje Schreinemacher (Renew)

    Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOEs) are playing an increasingly significant role in foreign takeovers in Europe.

    It is important to have a complete overview of all Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) data in order to be able to understand this development and respond accordingly. However, the available data show a discrepancy.

    The Commission reported that Chinese SOEs were involved in 57 foreign takeovers of European companies in the period between 2010 and 2017[1]. Dutch Consulting firm Datenna identified 160 deals with significant Chinese state influence, and 100 more with moderate influence within the same timeframe[2]. Layers of ownership, shareholding structures and deals through European subsidiaries hid Chinese state influence. It appears that the FDI statistics from the Commission have limitations.

    The European Court of Auditors also concluded that official information on FDI is not up to date, and that it is fragmented and incomplete[3].

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