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The EU-China Investment Agreement. A European View

Sarmiza Pencea

Revista de Economie Mondiala / The Journal of Global Economics, 2015, vol. 7, issue 1

Abstract: There were 2587 bilateral investment agreements (BIT) in the world by the end of 2012 and in about 1700 of them one of the parties was an EU member state. This has become a great disadvantage for the EU, both as a potential FDI receptor and as a source of investment capital for other countries. Similarly, the EU-China investment relationship is regulated by 26 separate agreements of the EU members, a single BIT having become by all means necessary for simplifying, updating and upgrading regulation of the bilateral relationship, in accordance with economy needs and the trends in the field. The paper looks at the state of mutual investments, sheds light on the objectives, stakes and benefits of a single EU-China BIT, on the negotiation hurdles and the necessary prerequisites of success. It concludes that for the EU success depends on previously harmonizing the interests and attitudes of the member states and giving the Commission a clear mandate, which they completely assume and suport.

Keywords: investment agreement; bilateral investment treaty; BIT; FDI; Chinese investments; Chinese outbound investments; Chinese ODI; EU-China; negotiations (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F21 F53 F55 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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