On 19 January 2021 the Czech Parliament passed a new act that aims to strengthen the control of foreign direct investments in the Czech Republic (the "FDI Act"). The FDI Act has been introduced as a result of the new EU framework for the screening of foreign direct investments, which was adopted on 10 April 2019 and which applies from 11 October 2020. The FDI Act will have a significant impact on many strategic investments from non-EU countries. Rigorous and potentially retroactive screening of investments may deter potential non-EU investors from considering the Czech Republic as an investment target. The Ministry of Industry and Trade will be in a position to hit the brakes on in-scope transactions made by non-EU investors.
The FDI Act will become effective on 1 May 2021.