More protection against problematic takeovers – this is a prospect held out by the Regulation on “Establishing a framework for screening of foreign direct investments“ , which was recently adopted by the European Parliament. The decision had been proceeded by lengthy discussions on the risk potential of investments by non-EU countries (such as China, Russia or the USA) and on the possible sellout of critical European infrastructure and technology. For example, the takeover of the German robotic manufacturer Kuka by a Chinese investor in 2011 was an important trigger. The adoption of the Regulation by the Member States in March is now regarded as a mere formality.