BETA


2018/0093(NLE) EU/Singapore Free Trade Agreement

Progress: Awaiting final decision

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead INTA MARTIN David (icon: S&D S&D) KELLY Seán (icon: PPE PPE), KAMALL Syed (icon: ECR ECR), TREMOSA I BALCELLS Ramon (icon: ALDE ALDE), MINEUR Anne-Marie (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), JADOT Yannick (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), BEGHIN Tiziana (icon: EFDD EFDD)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 091, TFEU 100-p2, TFEU 207, TFEU 218-p6a, TFEU 218-p7

Events

2019/02/13
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 425 votes to 186, with 41 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Singapore.

Parliament gave its consent to conclusion of the agreement. It also adopted a non-legislative resolution on the draft Council Decision on the conclusion of the Agreement.

Documents
2019/02/12
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2019/01/30
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on International Trade adopted the report by David MARTIN (S&D, UK) on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Singapore.

The committee recommended that the European Parliament give its consent to conclusion of the agreement.

The agreement aims to liberalise and facilitate trade and investment between the parties. It defines the conditions under which EU economic operators can take full advantage of the opportunities offered in Singapore, the hub of economic activity and transport in South East Asia.

Increased trade flows with Singapore must go hand in hand with increased level of labour and environmental protection, promote EU values and uphold EU standards. All this has been ensured in the free trade agreement.

Documents
2019/01/24
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2018/11/13
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2018/10/22
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2018/10/16
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2018/10/02
   CSL - Document attached to the procedure
Documents
2018/10/02
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to approve the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Singapore.

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the Council can adopt the act only if the European Parliament has approved it.

BACKGROUND: in accordance with a Council decision, a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the European Union and the Republic of Singapore has been signed.

The fast-growing Southeast Asian economies, with their 600 million consumers and a rapidly rising middle class, are key markets for European Union exporters and investors. With a total EUR 208 billion of trade in goods and EUR 77 billion of trade in services (2016), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) taken as a whole is the EU’s third largest trading partner outside Europe, after the US and China.

Within the ASEAN, Singapore is by far the EU’s largest trade partner , accounting for just under a third of EU-ASEAN trade in goods and services and about two-thirds of investment between the two regions.

CONTENT: the Council's draft decision aims to approve, on behalf of the Union, the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Singapore.

The agreement aims to liberalise and facilitate trade and investment between the parties. It defines the conditions under which EU economic operators can take full advantage of the opportunities offered in Singapore, the hub of economic activity and transport in South East Asia.

In accordance with the objectives set by the negotiating directives, the FTA provides for:

the comprehensive liberalisation of services and investment markets , including cross-cutting rules on licensing and for the mutual recognition of diplomas, and sector specific rules designed to ensure a level playing field for EU businesses;

new tendering opportunities for EU bidders; the removal of technical and regulatory trade barriers to trade in goods, in particular by promoting the use of technical and regulatory standards familiar in the EU in the sectors of motor vehicles, electronics, pharmaceuticals and medical devices as well as green technologies; based on international standards, a more trade-facilitative regime for the approval of European meat exports to Singapore; Singapore’s commitment not to raise its tariffs (which are currently mostly not applied on a voluntary basis) on imports from the EU, as well as cheaper access of European businesses and consumers to products made in Singapore; a high level protection of intellectual property rights; a TRIPs-plus level of protection to EU geographical indications (GI) following their registration in Singapore once Singapore has established a GI register (which it has committed to do following the European Parliament’s consent to the FTA); a comprehensive chapter on trade and sustainable development , which aims at ensuring that trade supports environmental protection and social development and promotes the sustainable management of forests and fisheries; a swift dispute resolution mechanism through either panel arbitration or with the help of a mediator; and a comprehensive and novel chapter to promote new opportunities in the “ green growth sector”.

The institutional chapter of the FTA establishes a trade committee that has as its main task to supervise and facilitate the implementation and application of the agreement. It shall be comprised of representatives of the EU and of Singapore who will meet every two years or at the request of either side. will be in charge of supervising the work of all specialised committees established under the agreement (Committee on Trade in Goods; Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures; Committee on Customs; and Committee on Trade in Services, Investment and Government Procurement).

The Council will authorise the Commission to approve, on behalf of the Union, the position to be taken within the trade committee on certain amendments to the Agreement to be adopted by a simplified procedure (amendments and rectification regarding system of protection of geographical indications, and modification of the list of geographical indications).

Documents
2018/10/01
   PT_PARLIAMENT - Contribution
Documents
2018/05/16
   EP - Responsible Committee
2018/04/18
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2018/04/18
   EC - Initial legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to conclude the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and Singapore.

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

BACKGROUND: the dynamically growing Southeast Asian economies, with their over 600 million consumers and a rapidly rising middle class, are key markets for European Union exporters and investors. With a total EUR 208 billion of trade in goods and EUR 77 billion of trade in services (2016), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) taken as a whole is the EU’s third largest trading partner outside Europe, after the US and China.

Within the ASEAN, Singapore is by far the EU’s largest partner.

On 23 April 2007, the Council authorised the Commission to enter into negotiations for a region-to-region Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Member States of the ASEAN. On 12 September 2011, the Council authorised the Commission to extend the on-going negotiations with Singapore to cover also investment protection, based on a new EU competence under the Lisbon Treaty.

On the basis of the negotiating directives adopted by the Council in 2007, and supplemented in 2011 to include investment protection, the Commission has negotiated with Singapore an ambitious and comprehensive FTA and an Investment Protection Agreement (IPA), with a view to creating new opportunities and legal certainty for trade and investment between both partners to develop.

CONTENT: the Commission called on the Council to adopt the Decision to conclude the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and Singapore. In line with the objectives set by the negotiating directives, the Commission secured the following:

Liberalisation of services : the FTA includes the comprehensive liberalisation of services and investment markets, including cross-cutting rules on licensing and for the mutual recognition of diplomas, and sector specific rules designed to ensure a level playing field for EU businesses. Procurement : it also lays down new tendering opportunities for EU bidders, and especially in the utilities market where there are many leading EU suppliers. Trade barriers : the FTA removes technical and regulatory trade barriers to trade in goods, such as duplicative testing, in particular by promoting the use of technical and regulatory standards familiar in the EU in the sectors of motor vehicles, electronics, pharmaceuticals and medical devices as well as green technologies. Based on international standards, a more trade-facilitative regime for the approval of European meat exports to Singapore. Singapore’s commitment not to raise its tariffs (which are currently mostly not applied on a voluntary basis) on imports from the EU, as well as cheaper access of European businesses and consumers to products made in Singapore. GI protection : a TRIPs-plus level of protection to EU GIs following their registration in Singapore once Singapore has established a GI register has been proposed. Sustainable development : the FTA includes a comprehensive chapter on trade and sustainable development, which aims at ensuring that trade supports environmental protection and social development and promotes the sustainable management of forests and fisheries. The chapter also sets out how social partners and civil society will be involved in its implementation and monitoring. Dispute mechanism : a swift dispute resolution mechanisms is proposed through either panel arbitration or with the help of a mediator. Investment protection : the EU-Singapore Investment Protection Agreement (IPA) will ensure a high level of investment protection, while safeguarding the EU’s and Singapore’s rights to regulate and pursue legitimate public policy objectives such as the protection of public health, safety and the environment.

Trade committee : the institutional chapter of the FTA establishes a trade committee that has as its main task to supervise and facilitate the implementation and application of the agreement. It shall be comprised of representatives of the EU and of Singapore who will meet every two years or at the request of either side.

BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: the EU-Singapore FTA will have a financial impact on the EU budget on the side of the revenues . It is estimated that foregone duties could reach an amount of EUR 248.8 million upon full implementation of the agreement. The estimate is based on average imports projected for 2025 in the absence of an agreement and represents the annual loss in revenues resulting from the elimination of EU tariffs on imports from Singapore. The EU-Singapore IPA is expected to have a financial impact on the EU budget on the side of the expenditures . The agreement will be the EU’s second (after the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) to incorporate the Investment Court System (ICS) for the resolution of disputes between investors and states. An amount of EUR 200 000 of additional yearly expenditure is foreseen from 2018 onwards (subject to the entry into force of the agreement) to finance the permanent structure comprising a First Instance and an Appeal Tribunal.

Documents

Votes

A8-0053/2019 - David Martin - Vote: procédure d'approbation 13/02/2019 12:05:48.000

2019/02/13 Outcome: +: 425, -: 186, 0: 41
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AmendmentsDossier
3 2018/0093(NLE)
2018/11/09 INTA 3 amendments...
source: 630.474

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      • PURPOSE: to conclude the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and Singapore.

        PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

        ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

        BACKGROUND: the dynamically growing Southeast Asian economies, with their over 600 million consumers and a rapidly rising middle class, are key markets for European Union exporters and investors. With a total EUR 208 billion of trade in goods and EUR 77 billion of trade in services (2016), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) taken as a whole is the EU’s third largest trading partner outside Europe, after the US and China.

        Within the ASEAN, Singapore is by far the EU’s largest partner.

        On 23 April 2007, the Council authorised the Commission to enter into negotiations for a region-to-region Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Member States of the ASEAN. On 12 September 2011, the Council authorised the Commission to extend the on-going negotiations with Singapore to cover also investment protection, based on a new EU competence under the Lisbon Treaty.

        On the basis of the negotiating directives adopted by the Council in 2007, and supplemented in 2011 to include investment protection, the Commission has negotiated with Singapore an ambitious and comprehensive FTA and an Investment Protection Agreement (IPA), with a view to creating new opportunities and legal certainty for trade and investment between both partners to develop.

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        • Liberalisation of services: the FTA includes the comprehensive liberalisation of services and investment markets, including cross-cutting rules on licensing and for the mutual recognition of diplomas, and sector specific rules designed to ensure a level playing field for EU businesses. 
        • Procurement: it also lays down new tendering opportunities for EU bidders, and especially in the utilities market where there are many leading EU suppliers.
        • Trade barriers: the FTA removes technical and regulatory trade barriers to trade in goods, such as duplicative testing, in particular by promoting the use of technical and regulatory standards familiar in the EU in the sectors of motor vehicles, electronics, pharmaceuticals and medical devices as well as green technologies. Based on international standards, a more trade-facilitative regime for the approval of European meat exports to Singapore. Singapore’s commitment not to raise its tariffs (which are currently mostly not applied on a voluntary basis) on imports from the EU, as well as cheaper access of European businesses and consumers to products made in Singapore.
        • GI protection: a TRIPs-plus level of protection to EU GIs following their registration in Singapore once Singapore has established a GI register has been proposed.
        • Sustainable development: the FTA includes a comprehensive chapter on trade and sustainable development, which aims at ensuring that trade supports environmental protection and social development and promotes the sustainable management of forests and fisheries. The chapter also sets out how social partners and civil society will be involved in its implementation and monitoring.
        • Dispute mechanism: a swift dispute resolution mechanisms is proposed through either panel arbitration or with the help of a mediator.
        • Investment protection: the EU-Singapore Investment Protection Agreement (IPA) will ensure a high level of investment protection, while safeguarding the EU’s and Singapore’s rights to regulate and pursue legitimate public policy objectives such as the protection of public health, safety and the environment.

        Trade committee: the institutional chapter of the FTA establishes a trade committee that has as its main task to supervise and facilitate the implementation and application of the agreement. It shall be comprised of representatives of the EU and of Singapore who will meet every two years or at the request of either side.

        BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: the EU-Singapore FTA will have a financial impact on the EU budget on the side of the revenues. It is estimated that foregone duties could reach an amount of EUR 248.8 million upon full implementation of the agreement. The estimate is based on average imports projected for 2025 in the absence of an agreement and represents the annual loss in revenues resulting from the elimination of EU tariffs on imports from Singapore. The EU-Singapore IPA is expected to have a financial impact on the EU budget on the side of the expenditures. The agreement will be the EU’s second (after the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) to incorporate the Investment Court System (ICS) for the resolution of disputes between investors and states. An amount of EUR 200 000 of additional yearly expenditure is foreseen from 2018 onwards (subject to the entry into force of the agreement) to finance the permanent structure comprising a First Instance and an Appeal Tribunal.

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  • PURPOSE: to conclude the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and Singapore.

    PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

    ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

    BACKGROUND: the dynamically growing Southeast Asian economies, with their over 600 million consumers and a rapidly rising middle class, are key markets for European Union exporters and investors. With a total EUR 208 billion of trade in goods and EUR 77 billion of trade in services (2016), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) taken as a whole is the EU’s third largest trading partner outside Europe, after the US and China.

    Within the ASEAN, Singapore is by far the EU’s largest partner.

    On 23 April 2007, the Council authorised the Commission to enter into negotiations for a region-to-region Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Member States of the ASEAN. On 12 September 2011, the Council authorised the Commission to extend the on-going negotiations with Singapore to cover also investment protection, based on a new EU competence under the Lisbon Treaty.

    On the basis of the negotiating directives adopted by the Council in 2007, and supplemented in 2011 to include investment protection, the Commission has negotiated with Singapore an ambitious and comprehensive FTA and an Investment Protection Agreement (IPA), with a view to creating new opportunities and legal certainty for trade and investment between both partners to develop.

    CONTENT: the Commission called on the Council to adopt the Decision to conclude the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and Singapore. In line with the objectives set by the negotiating directives, the Commission secured the following:

    • Liberalisation of services: the FTA includes the comprehensive liberalisation of services and investment markets, including cross-cutting rules on licensing and for the mutual recognition of diplomas, and sector specific rules designed to ensure a level playing field for EU businesses. 
    • Procurement: it also lays down new tendering opportunities for EU bidders, and especially in the utilities market where there are many leading EU suppliers.
    • Trade barriers: the FTA removes technical and regulatory trade barriers to trade in goods, such as duplicative testing, in particular by promoting the use of technical and regulatory standards familiar in the EU in the sectors of motor vehicles, electronics, pharmaceuticals and medical devices as well as green technologies. Based on international standards, a more trade-facilitative regime for the approval of European meat exports to Singapore. Singapore’s commitment not to raise its tariffs (which are currently mostly not applied on a voluntary basis) on imports from the EU, as well as cheaper access of European businesses and consumers to products made in Singapore.
    • GI protection: a TRIPs-plus level of protection to EU GIs following their registration in Singapore once Singapore has established a GI register has been proposed.
    • Sustainable development: the FTA includes a comprehensive chapter on trade and sustainable development, which aims at ensuring that trade supports environmental protection and social development and promotes the sustainable management of forests and fisheries. The chapter also sets out how social partners and civil society will be involved in its implementation and monitoring.
    • Dispute mechanism: a swift dispute resolution mechanisms is proposed through either panel arbitration or with the help of a mediator.
    • Investment protection: the EU-Singapore Investment Protection Agreement (IPA) will ensure a high level of investment protection, while safeguarding the EU’s and Singapore’s rights to regulate and pursue legitimate public policy objectives such as the protection of public health, safety and the environment.

    Trade committee: the institutional chapter of the FTA establishes a trade committee that has as its main task to supervise and facilitate the implementation and application of the agreement. It shall be comprised of representatives of the EU and of Singapore who will meet every two years or at the request of either side.

    BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: the EU-Singapore FTA will have a financial impact on the EU budget on the side of the revenues. It is estimated that foregone duties could reach an amount of EUR 248.8 million upon full implementation of the agreement. The estimate is based on average imports projected for 2025 in the absence of an agreement and represents the annual loss in revenues resulting from the elimination of EU tariffs on imports from Singapore. The EU-Singapore IPA is expected to have a financial impact on the EU budget on the side of the expenditures. The agreement will be the EU’s second (after the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) to incorporate the Investment Court System (ICS) for the resolution of disputes between investors and states. An amount of EUR 200 000 of additional yearly expenditure is foreseen from 2018 onwards (subject to the entry into force of the agreement) to finance the permanent structure comprising a First Instance and an Appeal Tribunal.

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2019-02-11T00:00:00
body
EP
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Indicative plenary sitting date, 1st reading/single reading
committees/0/date
2018-05-16T00:00:00
committees/0/rapporteur
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    MARTIN David
committees/0/shadows
  • group
    EPP
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    KELLY Seán
  • group
    ECR
    name
    KAMALL Syed
  • group
    ALDE
    name
    TREMOSA I BALCELLS Ramon
  • group
    GUE/NGL
    name
    MINEUR Anne-Marie
  • group
    Verts/ALE
    name
    JADOT Yannick
  • group
    EFD
    name
    BEGHIN Tiziana
procedure/summary
  • Accompanying procedure
activities/0/commission/0
DG
Commissioner
MALMSTRÖM Cecilia
other/0
body
EC
dg
commissioner
MALMSTRÖM Cecilia
activities
  • date
    2018-04-18T00:00:00
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      COM(2018)0196
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      Legislative proposal published
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      CELEX:52018PC0196:EN
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    EC
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    Legislative proposal published
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    committees
    • body
      EP
      responsible
      True
      committee_full
      International Trade
      committee
      INTA
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    other
      procedure
      legal_basis
      reference
      2018/0093(NLE)
      title
      EU/Singapore Free Trade Agreement
      geographical_area
      • Singapore
      stage_reached
      Preparatory phase in Parliament
      subtype
      Consent by Parliament
      type
      NLE - Non-legislative enactments
      subject
      • 6.20.03 Bilateral economic and trade agreements and relations