• The Meeting covered a broad range of areas of cooperation between Singapore and the EU, in the context of the finalisation of the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement, Investment Promotion Agreement and Partnership and Cooperation Agreement.
• Broader ASEAN related issues were discussed in preparation of Singapore’s upcoming role as ASEAN coordinator for relations with the EU as of August 2018.
A Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM) between the European Union and Singapore took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Singapore on 8 June 2018.
In view of the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (FTA), Investment Promotion Agreement (IPA) and Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA), expected to be signed before the end of 2018, the Meeting covered a wide range of areas of cooperation, including trade and investment, environment and climate change, as well as transport and education connectivity. In addition, following the adoption of Council Conclusions on enhanced EU security cooperation in and with Asia on 28 May 2018, cooperation in the area of security and defence between Singapore and the EU was another priority topic. In the framework of the agreements to be concluded, the SOM reflected the further deepening of the existing strong Singapore-EU partnership.
The meeting also considered regional matters in the context of Singapore’s role, as of August 2018 for a period of three years, as ASEAN coordinator for relations with the EU. Among the immediate priorities are the ongoing negotiations for a Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement (CATA) between ASEAN and the EU which will be the first region-to-region Agreement.
The EU wished Singapore success in hosting the historic US-DPRK summit on 12 June 2018, reiterating the EU’s readiness to facilitate and support efforts leading towards complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.
The meeting was co-chaired by H.E. Peter Tan, Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore, and Mr Gunnar Wiegand, Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific in the European External Action Service (EEAS).