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Investment
 
  • We seek to secure for U.S. investors in the EU important rights comparable to those that would be available under U.S. legal principles and practice, while ensuring that EU investors in the United States are not accorded greater substantive rights with respect to investment protections than U.S. investors in the United States;
     
  • We seek to ensure that U.S. investors receive treatment as favorable as that accorded to EU investors or other foreign investors in the EU, and seek to reduce or eliminate artificial or trade-distorting barriers to the establishment and operation of U.S. investment in the EU;
     
  • We seek to provide and maintain meaningful procedures for resolving disputes between U.S. investors and the EU and its Member States that are in keeping with the goals of expeditious, fair and transparent dispute resolution and the objective of ensuring that governments maintain the discretion to regulate in the public interest.

The United States and the EU have the world’s largest investment relationship.  Transatlantic investments total $4 trillion, directly supporting seven million American and European jobs, with millions more in indirect jobs.  These investments help our manufacturing sector, generating 18 percent of U.S. exports to the world.  Furthermore, jobs created by foreign investment tend to pay better than other private sector jobs.  That is why we need to build on these achievements and help generate more jobs, growth, and exports through certain, clear, and fair investment rules that encourage even more investment in job- and export-supporting economic activity.

For more information on investment, visit www.ustr.gov/issue-areas/services-investment/investment.