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Making the Foreign Subsidies Regulation work

4 Apr 2023
All Committees
Competition policy

AmCham EU, together with 12 organisations representing a broad array of industries from Europe and its leading trading partners, supports the objectives of the EU’s Regulation on foreign subsidies distorting the internal market. The Regulation entered into force on 12 January 2023 and will start applying from 12 July 2023. Despite positive recent steps from the Commission to clarify the obligations imposed by the Regulation, the draft Implementing Regulation that is currently under discussion would still create a disproportionate burden for EU and non-EU businesses with a global presence. Read the full statement.

We fear that companies will not be in a position to comply with the Regulation as the reporting obligations currently stand. The Regulation imposes requirements which are unfamiliar to business and which necessitate the design of elaborate internal compliance mechanisms that do not currently exist. 

We recommend to

Narrow the scope of reporting obligations - A narrower approach would make burdens on companies manageable. This would also ensure e Commission focuses its efforts on the most relevant contributions. 

Exempt the disclosure of classified information - Disclosure of classified contracts to the Commission could trigger prosecution and penalties from third-country governments. To ensure trust, we ask to exempt businesses from the need to provide classified information.  

Allow all relevant parties to supply information directly to the Commission - Businesses may be required to reveal sensitive business information only available to suppliers and subcontractors. To ensure accurate and secure information sharing, we ask the Commission to establish a direct channel for subcontractors, suppliers and in the context of mergers and acquisitions.  

Clarify key concepts - Businesses need further guidance on how the Commission intends to implement some key concepts and mechanisms. Clear definitions would allow businesses to self-assess the contributions. 



  • Adigital
  • AIM European Brands Association
  • American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union
  • Australian Business in Europe (Belgium)
  • British Chamber of Commerce | EU and Belgium
  • Computer & Communications Industry Association
  • European Australian Business Council
  • Europe India Chamber of Commerce
  • Invest Europe
  • Japan Business Council in Europe
  • Korea Business Association Europe
  • National Foreign Trade Council
  • SwissHoldings