International trade and foreign direct investment
In a world of increasing globalization, where political, economic and technological barriers are rapidly disappearing, the ability of the European Union and its Member States to participate in global activity is an important indicator of their performance and competitiveness. In order to remain competitive, modern-day business relationships extend well beyond the traditional foreign exchange of goods and services. International trade may be complemented or substituted by producing (and often selling) goods and services in countries other than where an enterprise was first established: this... approach is known as foreign direct investment (FDI). The aim of this pocketbook is to give an overview of the external dimension of the EU economy by presenting, in a compact way, the available data on trade in goods, trade in services, and foreign direct investments.
- Corporate author(s): Eurostat (European Commission) Themes: Industry, trade and services, Economy and finance
- Subject: direct investment, EU statistics, financial statistics, foreign investment, investment abroad