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Les membres du GCI UE ont procédé à un échange de vues avec

  • Mr LIM Hong Huai, Ambassadeur de la République de Singapour en Belgique, aux Pays-Bas et au Luxembourg & Mission auprès de l'Union Européenne
  • Mme Nele CORNELIS, Directrice exécutive, Chambre de commerce européenne à Singapour

A DAG-to-DAG is a joint civil society body between the partner countries of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), bringing together the separate DAGs of each party. This is the 2nd joint meeting of the EU and Singapore DAGs under the EU-Singapore FTA.

In this 2nd DAG-to-DAG meeting, besides discussing issues related to the implementation of the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter of the FTA and following up on previous meetings and planning activities ahead, the members will welcome both Ms Iwona Piórko, Ambassador, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Singapore as well as Mr Thaddaeus Hoo, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the Republic of Singapore to Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg & Mission to the European Union, for a timely overview of the EU-Singapore relations, with particular emphasis on trade.


This meeting will take place ahead of a possible joint meeting with the Singaporeans counterparts that might be organised by the end of this year. It will also give the EU DAG the opportunity to receive an update from DG Trade on the implementation of the TSD chapter as well as an overview of the current trade relations between the EU and Singapore.


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.



The EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (FTA) envisages that DAG members of each Party will meet together at a Civil Society Forum to conduct a dialogue encompassing sustainable development aspects of trade relations between the Parties. The Civil Society Forum meets once a year unless otherwise agreed by the Parties, with the venue alternating between Brussels and Singapore.

In the 1st EU-Singapore FTA Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) Public Stakeholders' Forum on 20 November 2020 the focus of the exchange of view will be in the trade-related environment issues, on the one hand, and trade-related labour issues, on the other hand. The Forum envisages also sharing on the discussions that have taken place at the TSD Board meeting on 17 and 18 November.

Information about the TSD Public Stakeholders' Forum is available also on the European Commission's webpage.


A DAG-to-DAG is a joint civil society body between the partner countries of a Free Trade Agreement, bringing together the separate DAGs of each party. This is the 1st joint meeting of the EU and Singapore DAGs under the EU-Singapore FTA.

The DAG-to-DAG meetings allow for civil society organisations which are involved on a regular basis in their respective domestic monitoring exercises to come together and exchange views on implementation issues. In the 1st meeting DAG-to-DAG under the EU-Singapore FTA on 19 November 2020, the members will most importantly get to know each other but also exchange views on the work programme in the first mandate and consider possible topics for future work.

Implementation of the TSD Chapter within the EU-Singapore FTA and the contribution by the economic, social and environmental civil society actors to its monitoring

In this first workshop that gathers together the members of the EU DAG and Singapore DAG the focus will be on the consultation of civil society in the context of policy and legislation development and implementation, including in the context of trade policy, trade agreements and Trade and Sustainable Development chapters.

The workshop will be introduced with a presentation by an external speaker and followed by a Q&A-session. The participants will have the possibility to share information on how civil society functions and is consulted in their respective countries. The aim of the discussions is to share experience and build the ground for future cooperation.


The EU Domestic Advisory Group (DAG) is composed of representatives of European employers' organisations, trade unions, environmental and other organized interest groups.

During the meeting on 18 November 2020 the EU DAG members will discuss the work programme for the first mandate, agree on the working methods as well as elect the chair and two vice-chairs. Additionally, the members of the EU DAG will exchange views with representatives of the European Commission on the state of implementation of the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter of the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement.