The ECJ decision on Singapore and the power struggle on EU-Trade agreements

Description of our series: The BDI/KAS Working Group on 'International Trade' meets four times a year in order to discuss current trade and investment issues with significance for the economic future of the European Union and its businesses.


The decision of the European Court of Justice on the EU free trade agreement with Singapore provides unprecedented clarity about the division of competences between European and member states’ level. What are the consequences for EU trade policy in general, and trade and investment agreements in particular? Should the EU split agreements in EU only and mixed ones? Are there viable options to avoid long lasting and complex ratification processes without provoking even more public opposition against trade accords? Will stand-alone investment treaties have a realistic chance to get the approval of all member states? Those and other questions will be discussed during the meeting.

This session will be moderated by Hardy Ostry (Head of European Office, KAS) and Fabian Wendenburg (Deputy Head of Department External Economic Policy, BDI).

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Europabüro Brüssel
11, Avenue de l’Yser,
B-1040 Brüssel
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  • Colin Brown (Deputy Head of Unit DG Trade European Commission)
    • Marco Bronckers (Professor of Law
      • Leiden University)
        • François Riegert (Head of Economic Department
          • French Permanent Representation to the EU)

            Kai Zenner