2024 CELIS Forum on Investment Screening (CFIS 24)

CFIS 24 - Investment Screening and Economic Security

(16) -17-18 October 2024

On-site and online | In private and public sessions | Paris (France)


Hosted by the CELIS Institute | Convened by Steffen Hindelang and Roland M Stein

About CFIS 24 - Investment Screening and Economic Security

The CELIS Forum on Investment Screening (CFIS) is the flagship event of the CELIS Institute, to be held in its 6th edition this year.

CFIS is Europe's first and foremost forum to discuss questions on investment screening and economic security.

Thought leaders in investment control and economic security from Europe, the US, and beyond discuss current practical challenges and influential ideas to sketch geoeconomic strategies for Europe.

Discussions in CFIS 24 are held partly in private (strict Chatham House rules apply) and partly in public. The number of in-person participants and panels for the in-private part are restricted to no more than 50 people in total. Public sessions can be joined online and by additional selected invitees.

Thought leaders debate European economic security both from a strategic and highly practical perspective. Participants are invited with the view to form a trusted community of economic security experts from business, government, and academia who deal with the subject matter on a high level.

  • Engage in dialogue with key policy makers and leading experts from government, business, private legal practice, and academia.
  • Hear about the latest thinking on investment screening and economic security relevant to overcome current challenges
  • Best practices, expectations, challenges in (inbound and outbound) investment screening in EU Member States, the EU, the United States and other jurisdictions
  • Understanding security risks and methods or risk mitigation
  • Thinking investment control 360 degrees - inter-linkage with sanctions, export control, and state aid
  • Developments to follow in the a fast-changing geoeconomic landscape.
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This year's CFIS is held under the patronage of H.E. Bruno Le Maire, Minister of the Economy, Finance and Industrial and Digital Sovereignty of France.

Some comments from participants in last year's edition of CFIS

High ranking official from an EU Member State

“My experience at CFIS in Prague was overwhelmingly positive. The discussions were aptly led in such a way that all speakers felt free to share their opinions, whether or not they were consensual. I did very much enjoy the conversation, which was the right mix of expertise and politics. And I definitely believe that this kind of forum provides a much needed platform at a European-wide level to discuss sensitive topics in a way that complements more traditional institutional settings.”

Senior EU policy maker and regulator


“CELIS is unique in Europe, creating a pole of excellence and expertise around issues linked to investment and to economic security. Its work is of direct relevance for policymakers in shaping the legislative landscape.”

Professor Dr Stephan Wernicke

Head of Legal, German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Berlin

“CELIS is a highly relevant international forum for the business community to understand, debate and influence economic security perceptions and investment protection law.”

Professor Dr Bimal Patel

Member, National Security Advisory Board, India; Vice-Chancellor, Rashtriya Raksha Uni-versity; Member, UN International Law Commission

“The insights and practical challenges the nation-states face in upholding the rule of international economic law on one hand and economic security for each individual nation, emerged as perhaps the most important threadline in the 2023 edition. The detailed preparations on part of each speaker and quality of interventions throughout the seminar enabled everyone to take-away a few thoughts for influencing the norms and debates back home. As India rises to become the 3rd largest economy and aims to pursue enlightened national interests balancing the rule of international law and national security (economic security included), the developments taking place in India are inevitably bridging weight, influence and power in the emerging norms.”

Senior EU official responsible for large parts of EU trade policy


"CELIS offers a unique annual gathering of policy makers, academics and practitioners from the EU and its major partners on FDI screening. As FDI screening is there to stay and to expand geographically, it is key that CELIS continues to feed the FDI community with invaluable policy work on the topic and to provide it with a platform for collective brainstorming!"

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