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EU urged to move fast to ratify FTA with S’pore
Singapore and Germany urged European Union members to ratify the EU-Singapore free trade agreement (FTA) expeditiously, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel saying it was in Europe’s interest to do so quickly.
PNG govt ordered to stop interfering in SDP
The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes has ordered Papua New Guinea’s government to stop interfering in the management of PNG Sustainable Development Program.
Seven things you should know about EU-Singapore ISDS
Lock-in, no institutional safeguards for independence, perverse incentives, no separation of powers, automatic consent, ripe for exploitation, sovereign debt instruments included, open to the world, and a strategic mistake. Former trade commissioner De Gucht left us a Gordian Knot, writes Ante Wessels.
CETA’s fate may hinge on outcome of EU-Singapore trade ratification
The fate of Canada’s landmark trade agreement with the European Union, known as CETA, may hinge on an obscure case due to come before the European Court of Justice that relates to a similar deal the EU recently struck with Singapore.
Legacy: De Gucht negotiated two rigged ISDS chapters
On 15 September Vrijschrift informed the European Parliament international trade committee that investor-to-state arbitration (ISDS) in the draft trade agreement with Canada is rigged to the advantage of the US. Today Vrijschrift informed the committee the same is true for the draft trade agreement with Singapore.
Singapore: The Commission to Request a Court of Justice Opinion on the trade deal
The Commission decided today to request an opinion of the EU Court of Justice on the competence to sign and ratify a trade agreement with Singapore.
Singapore concerned by ISDS debate, asks investment be “decoupled” from EU deal
As the debate in Europe over investors’ rights to sue States is growing, Singapore has been asking the European Commission to agree to a decoupling of the bilateral trade agreement as the country is concerned the investment protection part of the deal could hold up the entire pact.
EU and Singapore conclude investment talks
The European Union and Singapore have concluded the negotiations of the investment part of the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA).
EU-Singapore investment talks concluded, says EU Trade Chief
The European Union and Singapore have finally concluded negotiations over a bilateral investment agreement, EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht has told EU Trade Insights in an exclusive interview.
Australia: Harper review recommends scrutiny of trade agreement IP clauses
A panel conducting a review of Australia competition policy landscape has recommended increased scrutiny of intellectual property-related clauses in trade agreements.
Delays in TPP ’could affect US presence in Asia’, says S’pore PM
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says the US will be "giving the game away" if it does not step up and press ahead to get the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement talks concluded.
Singapore signs investment treaties with Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast
Both Bilateral Investment Treaties aim to protect investors’ interests from the countries involved, and open up more business and investment opportunities.
EU/Singapore FTA on track despite advances by Eurosceptics in poll
The process to finalise and implement the free trade agreement between Singapore and the European Union will not be affected by the European Parliament elections in May that saw a larger number seats won by Eurosceptic parties, says EU Ambassador Dr Michael Pulch.
TPP trade ministers/officials resume talks
The ninth ministerial meeting for the Trans Pacific Partnership opened this morning with the fewest participation of trade heads. Only six trade ministers from the 12-member grouping attended the morning session.
Turkey to sign FTA with far-east nations
Turkey’s Economy Minister announced that Turkey will sign free trade agreements with Japan, Singapore and Malaysia.
Early ratification of EU-S’pore FTA may not be possible, say analysts
Singapore has been pushing for the ratification of the European Union-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (FTA) as early as possible — but observers say that as it is a complex process involving all the different members of the EU, the goal will be a difficult one.
EU-Singapore free trade agreement: the missing chapter
The European Union and Singapore initialled a free trade agreement on September 20 2013 that is expected to enter into force in late 2014 or early 2015. The agreement includes an investment chapter which is still under negotiation and thus missing from the text of the signed agreement.
S’pore hopes for early ratification of EU-S’pore Free Trade Agreement
Singapore is pushing for early ratification of the agreement so that it may come into force by 2015
Hungary supports EU-Singapore free trade agreement
Hungary has given its strong support for the early ratification of the European Union-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (FTA).