Critical technology at a critical stage: Expansion of German FDI screening postponed

For months, speculation about further tightening of German foreign investment control rules has been going on. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie – BMWi) has been discussing with the other Federal Ministries whether and how to include “critical technologies” into the scope of German FDI rules. Today, the Ministry announced in a letter to the German trade and industry associations that it decided to postpone the decision about this important topic without any new time-line for the process. However, this decision makes it unlikely that the reform would be implemented before 2021.

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