This meeting was an excellent opportunity for a DG Trade timely update on the implementation of the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter under the FTA, reinforcing the EU DAG commitment to support it.
Additionally, EU Ambassador to Singapore, H. E. Barbara Plinkert, presented the current EU‑Singapore relations, describing the role of Singapore in the regional and global context, with special focus as well on trade and sustainable development.
Finally, yet importantly, the EU DAG also discussed its work programme for the first mandate, which will include among others work on the following topics:
- Liberalisation of environmental goods and services;
- Ratification and full implementation of ILO Conventions on freedom of association (C087), on abolition of forced labour (C105) and on discrimination (C111);
- Conservation and sustainable management of natural resources, namely of timber and fish/seafood.