Strassbourg — The European Parliament on Thursday gave its green light to new powers to screen foreign takeovers in Europe’s strategic sectors, amid concern about investment by China. The limited powers aim to protect EU sectors like water, transport, communications and technologies, including semiconductors, artificial intelligence and robotics. Sitting in the French city of Strasbourg, the European Parliament adopted the draft legislation by 500 votes for, 49 against and 56 abstentions. EU member states must still approve it. Under the proposal, EU countries will have to supply, under certain conditions, information on foreign investment to other member states if public order or security are concerned. “Acquiring infrastructure, technologies or strategic interests is becoming a political objective,” French MEP Franck Proust warned as he steered the legislation through parliament. “With this tool Europe will be able to better shield itself against the butterfly’s wing effect of inv...

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