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Statement by High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini on Reconciliation and Economic Integration in the Horn of Africa


The European Union and Singapore have today signed three agreements, taking their political, trade, and investment relations to a new level. Together, they signify an important step towards increasing the EU's presence in a fast-growing, important region.

Speech by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on "Innovation in Development: The Future of EU International Cooperation" at the public debate with Bill Gates in the European Parliament


Speech by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee


EU High Representative Federica Mogherini met on 17 October with Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to discuss the shared engagement and joint work of the EU and the Foundation in support of human development in Africa in particular, including by accelerating digital development. The EU and Mr. Gates also signed an agreement to create a joint fund to invest €100 million in European companies working to stop climate change.

On 15 October, the Council adopted decisions on the signature of two agreements between the EU and Singapore: a free trade agreement and an investment protection agreement. The EU and Singapore are expected to sign both agreements, as well as a partnership and cooperation agreement, on 19 October, in the margins of the ASEM summit, in Brussels.

Joint press release: Framework Agreement between the European Union and Australia is provisionally applied