The Impact of Regulation on International Investment in Portugal examines how regulatory
reforms could help Portugal build a more enabling and competitive environment for
investment, in particular foreign direct investment (FDI). The report analyses trends
and patterns of FDI activity in Portugal, including its broader economic, social and
environmental benefits to Portugal. It gives an overview of the economy-wide and sector-specific
regulatory settings in Portugal compared to selected European peer economies and provides
an empirical analysis of the potential effects of domestic regulatory reforms on FDI.
Foreign investors’ perceptions on Portugal’s business environment complement these
findings. The report indicates potential areas for regulatory reforms and proposes
policy measures to further improve Portugal’s investment climate and support efforts
to attract and retain more FDI while strengthening its contribution to sustainable
development in Portugal.