15 Jun '17, 7pm

The EU Singapore Free Trade Agreements Cannot Enter Into Force, EU Court Rules

On 17 October 2014 the European Union and Singapore concluded negotiations a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (the “EUSFTA ”). The EUSFTA should have then been signed, ratified and would have subsequently entered into force. However, the EUSFTA has ended up being the battlefield of a dispute between the European Commission (who negotiated the EUSFTA on behalf of the EU) and the Member States of the EU, regarding the former’s exclusive competence to negotiate comprehensive trade agreements. A recurring issue in similar trade agreement negotiations has been whether they are the exclusive competence of the EU; or whether the competence is shared between the EU and the Member States (“Mixed Agreements”). Mixed Agreements would require ratification by the Parliaments of all Member States, and thereby adding a layer of complexity to the ratification process. In 2015, the Europ...

Full article: http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/the-eu-singapore-free-tr...

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