European Union Delegation to Singapore

Landmark Agreements Deepen EU-Singapore Ties

15/11/2018 - 11:25
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On Oct 19, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong signed the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA) with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels. They also witnessed the signing of the EU-Singapore Investment Protection Agreement (EUSIPA) and the EU-Singapore Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (ESPCA).

Says H.E. Barbara Plinkert, European Union (EU) Ambassador to Singapore: "This is a significant step forward in sending a strong signal that the EU and Singapore are like-minded partners and believe in an open, rules-based, multilateral free trade order."

On November 16 the EU Delegation to Singapore, together with Singapore's Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), presented the first big public outreach event on the EU Singapore Free Trade Agreement. The event supported by EuroCham Singapore, the Singapore Business Federation and Enterprise Singapore was attended by over 350 people.

Titled the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement: Strengthening the Partnership Between the EU and Singapore, it was graced by Dr Koh Poh Koon, Singapore's Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry and Ms Helena König, Deputy Director General of DG TRADE at the European Commission.

This was a follow-up to the landmark signature of the EUSFTA, the EUSIPA and the ESPCA in Brussels on October 19. The intent was to share in particular the many facets of the EUSFTA with the business community in Singapore.

In addition to keynote addresses, there were two panel discussions featuring several industry experts who underlined the importance of the agreements for Singapore and the EU, particularly at a time of rising protectionism.

There was a dedicated supplement in The Business Times - Singapore's leading business daily – which included a special interview with our Ambassador Barbara Plinkert and two messages from Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan and Minister for Communication and Information and Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations S.Iswaran. See attached PDF if you want a run through of the agreement from Singapore’s perspective:

For more on the agreements, read our media reports:

Keynote event address:

Speech by Senior Minister of State for Trade & Industry Dr Koh:

Media invite for our first public outreach event titled: The EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement: Strengthening the Partnership between the EU and Singapore:

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