International Trade

The European Union’s new move against China: Countervailing Chinese outward foreign direct investment

In the landmark glass fibre fabrics (GFF) anti-subsidy case, the EU has recently started countervailing foreign direct investment (FDI) of Chinese companies. This is an unwise move from a policy and legal perspective and will come back to haunt EU companies in the future. The timing is also unfortunate seeing how the EU and its Member States are spending billions of Euros in subsidies to support industrial sectors in the EU supposedly affected by Covid-19.