FDI flows and impacts on the competitiveness of the EU industry (Competitiveness Report 2012)

Client/Funding Institution

European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry


This study investigates the international competition in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), especially in the context of the growing importance of emerging and developing countries as recipients of FDI. The study analyses both inbound and outbound FDI and their impact on the competitiveness of the European Union. It also focuses on the role of internationalisation of firms (especially SMEs) within and outside the EU and their access to international markets and global value chains. Furthermore, the competitiveness of industries within the EU and the role of FDI in reaching the goal of a common European investment policy are investigated. The study highlights recent developments and impacts of FDI that form the basis for further development of European policy. wiiw conducted this study in cooperation with WIFO.


October 2011 - May 2012



wiiw team Leader

Roman Stöllinger

wiiw Staff

Gabor Hunya

Project Partners

Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO)

Keywords: competitiveness, foreign direct investment

Countries covered: Central, East and Southeast Europe

Research Areas: International Trade, Competitiveness and FDI