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With the world’s largest GDP, the European Union has become the cynosure of many investors all around the world. Many people are now trying to tap the European Union market through mergers and acquisitions and by investing in its key industries. The EU is in fact welcoming foreign investment in its member countries and has devised strategies which may encourage foreign investment in the country. The main steps taken by the European Union in encouraging FDI are its investor-friendly policies and the commitment of the member states to share the vision of the European Union has also worked in the favor as the member countries have now become the hottest destinations to invest in the world.

Here is a comprehensive information that will help investors about the various procedures and facts that are involved while investing in the European Union and will also give them an overview of why the EU is the current hottest destinations to invest in the entire world.

Policy Procedure of Investing (Legal / Regulatory) :

Expensive or burdensome processes involved in starting a business turn away many investors from investing in any particular state or country. The integration of the European Union understands this and hence has established a principle that would help investors to create a company in any of the EU country and that too on an equal level of the nationals based in EU.

In the year 2007, several member states of the European Union have agreed to set up some of the one-stop shop agencies that will help investors with business start-ups. This really shows that the Policy procedure adopted by the member states of the European Union is quite conducive towards attracting foreign investment in the EU.

The European Union has come a long way in deregulating the foreign investment and has opened up its markets for foreign investors to invest in almost all of the sectors in the member countries. It has moved on from the traditional BIT Model and has started promoting a shift in its regulatory priorities. The European Union is now focusing more on liberalizing its markets even further to foreign investors and is mulling to aim a balance among the varied interests of the foreign investors and host and home countries.

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Tax, Duties and GST:

The European Union has also taken necessary action to eradicate the tax hindrances and inadequacies. This has been mainly achieved through the VAT, car tax areas, and excise duties. The European Union has suggested that the tax policy of the EU should be such that it helps the businesses to achieve their goals. The EU is also working on eradicating the loopholes that exist in the existing 15 different tax systems within the EU and is trying to make them comprehensive and simpler to businesses as well as individuals.

The Goods and Services Tax in the European Union has been below the world standards and the European Commission is taking all the necessary steps to bring out reforms in the tax policies in the various member countries of the European Union to make them more investor-friendly. The member states of the European Union are also offering huge tax exemptions to foreign investors especially those who are investing in the regions where there are less employment opportunities.

Starting a Business in the EU:

As per 2001, it took an average of 22 days to start a company in the EU whereas there are three member countries of the European Union, The United Kingdom, Denmark and Norway which rank among the top ten countries in ease of doing business in the entire world. The enactment of the Small Business Act in the year 2008 has further sped up the process of starting a company and has also reduced the costs that are required while setting up a business. The European Commission has asked all the member states to provide the permits, licenses and other authorisations necessary to start a business within a deadline of one month. Adhering to this concern, the member states have agree to make some changes and are working towards reducing the time to register a new business to one week and are also working towards reducing the fees that are need to be paid while setting up a business.

Intellectual Property (IP) in the EU:

The European Union guarantees a uniform system of protection of intellectual property rights that range from copyright and related rights to property rights. The protection of intellectual property rights in the European Union is done as per the international conventions, majority of which are implemented by world agencies such as the World Trade Organisation (WTO), World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). The European Union also has its own bodies known as the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) with the latter dealing with the registration of community trademarks and designs.

Apart from these, the European Commission is also campaigning to introduce the Community patent system that would implement be more legally effective and less costly and would offer a large amount of competition in the European industry. Furthermore, the protection of the rights also includes protection from counterfeiting, illegal trade and piracy.

An investor-friendly policy, supportive member state governments and supportive foreign investment agencies all these features really make the European Union one of the best places to invest in the entire world. Investors who wish to expand their business worldwide should not overlook the strategic benefits which the EU offers and should definitely consider investing in the European Union.

These materials are not intended and should not be used as legal advice or other recommendation. If you need a legal opinion on a specific issue or factual situation, please contact a lawyer. Anyone using these materials should not rely on them as a substitute for legal advice.

Consulting CWIIL Group of Companies, for any / all investment matters ensures advice based on highest level of knowledge which are given to you by a team of select research-oriented experts whom each will do their own assessment of your matter, and also assess it together, thus ensuring that in case a mistake has been made by one, it will be noticed and corrected even before it is being passed on to you. Receiving incorrect and un-knowledgeable investment advice can be disastrous and thus should be avoided.

Remember, no problem has a quick fix solution. Thus, always ensure to consult highly knowledgeable group of professionals whom would provide you with a collective advice, never individual advice. This group advice and approach is unique with CWIIL Group and is based on the overall Management Philosophy of all CWIIL Group Companies.

CWIIL Group of Companies is a global group of multi-specialized units with diversified interests and activities, wherein each company is a separate legal entity registered under prevailing laws in different parts of the world. CWIIL Group of Companies Products, Services, Project and Solutions are in a multitude of Verticals including, but not limited to, Infrastructure, Power, Oil & Gas, Legal, Media, Technology, ITES, HR, Shipping, Aviation, Real Estate, Hospitals, Health and Medicine, Education, Funding & Investment, Business and Legal Consultancy, and Public Private Partnerships, and other CWIIL Group Units, worldwide, to name a few.

For Further Queries Feel Free to Contact :

Mr. Gregor Novak,
Deputy Global Director, No. 11,
Operations Research & Implementation Division,
Email : deputy.gd.11@cwiilgroup.eu
Voice : +45.8176.1946
Social Media : LinkedIn – Twitter – Facebook

For Queries Specific to the EU Region :
Email : eu@cwiilgroup.com , hq@cwiilgroup.eu
Web : www.cwiilgroup.com , www.cwiilgroup.eu

For Any / All Other Queries :
CWIIL Group Global Regional Headquarters Denmark,
Address : No. 1, Klokkebjergevej, DK6900 Skjern, Denmark
Voice : +45.5148.3608
Fax : +45.7014.1498
Email : corpcomm@cwiilgroup.eu
Web : www.cwiilgroup.eu
Connect : LinkedIn – Twitter – Facebook – Quora

Office Hours :
Monday to Friday : 10.00 – 17.00 CET.
Saturday : 10.00 – 14.00 CET.
Sunday : Closed.

The Corporate Communications Team would require minimum a fortnight for Reviewing & Responding to Queries, which please note.

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Foreign Direct Investment or FDI is a kind of international investment made with the intention of acquiring an ever-lasting financial interest in an economy. If done strategically then this kind of direct investment can really bring huge benefits to investors. The importance of liberalization has made many countries open up their economies. Considering this in mind, one continent which has really banked on this is Europe and the formation of European Union only corroborates this fact. The integration of 27 countries in Europe has really made it one of the most preferred destinations in the world for investment.

The Main Advantages EU Provides to Investors:

The European Union views FDI not as a mere sense of investment but also a way of promoting economic and social growth and development. The investment policy of the European Union is tilted more towards providing investors with a kind of stability and legal certainty coupled with an environment conducive to carry out business and in accordance with the International rules. It has abolished all the trade barriers that were acting as a hindrance for free trade. Furthermore, the European Union has also adopted a common currency which has served as a major fillip towards increasing trade in the European Union.

Just as it has good legal policies which encourage foreign investment, in the same way the European Union is also gifted with large natural resources. It has huge reserves of oil and natural gas and coal. Thus, it has a good blending of resources that really work in the advantage of doing business than any other part in the world.

The other major thing that makes the European Union unique from other destinations is the diverse booming industries in various countries within the EU. There is no such sector in the EU where you can’t invest. Every industrial sector in EU has room for expansion and is in the need of foreign investment.

The services sector forms the core of the European Union as it accounts for a major chunk of the entire Economy of the EU. Some of the key sectors worth investing in the European Union are Aerospace and Defence, Automotive, Biotechnology, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Nanotechnology, Nuclear, Logistics, Engineering, Real Estate and many others.

As the European Union is a host of comprehensive range of countries, it has really become one of the best destinations for investing in the Real Estate sector. The diverse property opportunities across the Union and the well established rental markets have already attracted loads of foreign investors. Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, and Romania are the hottest destinations for investing in Real Estate.

Some Facts About the European Union:

According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the EU is the largest economy in the world and has a total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $16,447.26 billion. The European Union has always been known for its investor-friendly policies since the early 80s. In the year 1992, the European Union alone accounted for more than 50% of the foreign investment worldwide. Such is the intensity of foreign investment in EU that the ratio of foreign investment to domestic investment also saw an increasing trend in the past two decades. The FDI inward inflows of the European Union accounted for a whooping 62.2 billion Euro in the year 2004 whereas the outward FDI flows of the EU accounted for a mammoth 114.9 Euro in the same year.

As far as trade is concerned, the various economic policies of the EU really make it one of the best trading destinations in the world. This is evident from the fact that the European Union is the largest exporter as well as largest importer in the entire world. The EU exports large amounts of Machinery followed by Energy, Chemicals and Transport Equipment and Textiles Clothing. Other commodities that are exported by the EU include dairy products, meat, iron and steel, wood pulp, paper products, alcoholic beverages, pharmaceuticals, motor vehicles, aircraft, plastics and paper products. Machineries also account for large number of imports of the EU followed by Transport equipment and chemicals, plastics, crude oil, textiles, metals, clothing, vehicles and aircraft.

Trends Prevailing in the European Union:

Despite the global financial meltdown, European Union is showing a speedy recovery and EU’s economy has started showing an upward trend. According to the commissioner of the European Union, the GDP of the European Union is expected to grow twice as predicted in the year 2011. The GDP of the EU is expected to grow by a 1.8 percent than the predicted 1 percent with Germany having the largest jump of 3.4 percent.

Measures Taken by the Government:

The European Union Commission has come up with a proposal with a strategy known as the Europe-2020 Strategy to help the EU recover to economic growth at a faster rate. For this, the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs in its report has analysed the bottlenecks that may come against this growth and also highlighted the need to address the issues hindering the economic growth of the Commission. The monetary policy of the EU is no longer restrictive and businesses can once again gain free access to credit and other business activities.

To conclude, the European Union is really one of the most important destinations which should not be overlooked by investors who want to expand their reach across the world. Its exuberant natural resources and ever-increasing sectors really make it one of the most preferred destinations for investment in the world today.

These materials are not intended and should not be used as legal advice or other recommendation. If you need a legal opinion on a specific issue or factual situation, please contact a lawyer. Anyone using these materials should not rely on them as a substitute for legal advice.

Consulting CWIIL Group of Companies, for any / all investment matters ensures advice based on highest level of knowledge which are given to you by a team of select research-oriented experts whom each will do their own assessment of your matter, and also assess it together, thus ensuring that in case a mistake has been made by one, it will be noticed and corrected even before it is being passed on to you. Receiving incorrect and un-knowledgeable investment advice can be disastrous and thus should be avoided.

Remember, no problem has a quick fix solution. Thus, always ensure to consult highly knowledgeable group of professionals whom would provide you with a collective advice, never individual advice. This group advice and approach is unique with CWIIL Group and is based on the overall Management Philosophy of all CWIIL Group Companies.

CWIIL Group of Companies is a global group of multi-specialized units with diversified interests and activities, wherein each company is a separate legal entity registered under prevailing laws in different parts of the world. CWIIL Group of Companies Products, Services, Project and Solutions are in a multitude of Verticals including, but not limited to, Infrastructure, Power, Oil & Gas, Legal, Media, Technology, ITES, HR, Shipping, Aviation, Real Estate, Hospitals, Health and Medicine, Education, Funding & Investment, Business and Legal Consultancy, and Public Private Partnerships, and other CWIIL Group Units, worldwide, to name a few.

For Further Queries Feel Free to Contact :

Mr. Gregor Novak,
Deputy Global Director, No. 11,
Operations Research & Implementation Division,
Email : deputy.gd.11@cwiilgroup.eu
Voice : +45.8176.1946
Social Media : LinkedIn – Twitter – Facebook

For Queries Specific to the EU Region :
Email : eu@cwiilgroup.com , hq@cwiilgroup.eu
Web : www.cwiilgroup.com , www.cwiilgroup.eu

For Any / All Other Queries :
CWIIL Group Global Regional Headquarters Denmark,
Address : No. 1, Klokkebjergevej, DK6900 Skjern, Denmark
Voice : +45.5148.3608
Fax : +45.7014.1498
Email : corpcomm@cwiilgroup.eu
Web : www.cwiilgroup.eu
Connect : LinkedIn – Twitter – Facebook – Quora

Office Hours :
Monday to Friday : 10.00 – 17.00 CET.
Saturday : 10.00 – 14.00 CET.
Sunday : Closed.

The Corporate Communications Team would require minimum a fortnight for Reviewing & Responding to Queries, which please note.

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