On Wednesday (10 April), EU leaders agreed to a second Brexit extension until October 31 although Theresa May had only asked for an extension till June 30th.The conditions for the October deadline include a review at the end of June and requirement for UK to participate in the European Parliament elections. The EU-China Summit on 9 April was declared a win-win for EU-China trade relations. Donald Tusk declared the talks a “breakthrough” as Beijing made last minute concessions to EU demands. The United States has threatened the European Union with billions of euros worth of trade sanctions in retaliation for EU subsidies to Airbus. This follows from a long running dispute between Washington and Brussels over mutual claims of illegal aid given to rival aviation giants Boeing and Airbus that began almost 15 years ago. On Friday (5 April), EU institutions put their cyber systems to the test in a bid to assess the efficiency of responses to attacks against critical network infrastructure, ahead of the European elections in May. While internet voting systems will only be used in Estonia for May’s ballots, electronic voting appliances could be used elsewhere across the bloc, despite previous concerns. Click on the image to read more.
The EU Centre would like to bring your attention to the 37th IISS Fullerton Lecture on "Poland's Pespective on the European Union, Asia, and the Rules-Based International System". This lecture is organised by IISS-Asia and supported by The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore. It will be held on 24 April 2019 from 7pm - 8pm at The Fullerton Hotel, The Straits Room, Level 4 (Drinks reception from 6pm onwards at the Roof Garden, Level 5). For enquiries and registration, please write to email@example.com. Click on the image to read more.
Applications are now open for the Brussels Summer School for Young Leaders organised by Global Learning. The Summer School will be held at the Institute d'Études Européennes - Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Brussels from 24 June – 28 June 2019. For more information and application details, please click on this link: http://glstudyabroad.com/brussels/ (Application deadline: 10 June 2019). For enquiries, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Click on the image to read more.
In September 2016, the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants was agreed upon by all member states at the UN General Assembly to address global movement of refugees and migrants. This formed the blueprint for the two legally non-binding documents which aim to save lives and ensure the protection of rights of refugees and migrants. The Global Compacts on Refugees (GCR) and The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) are an effort by the UN to reinforce the message that dialogue and multilateralism are the key to addressing global challenges, and more international cooperation is needed to tackle migration flows and refugee crisis in the future. It is the latter, also known as the migration compact, which has caused controversy and was rejected by several EU countries citing concerns over sovereignty. Click on the image to read more.
We have published two booklets to commemorate the EU Centre’s 10th Anniversary (2008-2018). The first booklet chronicles the development of the EU Centre in Singapore and the second booklet introduces the EU, the challenges it faces and concludes that despite these challenges, the EU still matters. Click on the image to read more.
The January 2019 issue of the quarterly newsletter, Scene@CMM is out. As we enter our 11th year in 2019, and face the end of our third funding cycle, we have begun on a quest towards a more sustainable model of operations. We hope a new funding model could be found to ensure the long-term viability and vitality of the EUC. We wish all a great start to 2019 and we look forward to your continued support for and engagement with the Centre. Click on the image to read more.