Michelle LOKE Yook Lin from National University of Singapore and TEO Jun Yean from Nanyang Technological University won the prize "Best Position Paper Presentation" at the Asia Pacific Model European Union (APMEU) held on 13 & 14 May. The two-day conference marked the third edition of the Asia Pacific Model European Union (APMEU). This year, the APMEU, a Jean Monnet Project funded by the European Commission, is jointly organised by European Union Academic Programme Hong Kong of Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) and National Centre for Research on Europe of University of Canterbury, in association with the European Union in Hong Kong and Macao. The event hosted 18 participants from 7 different universities in the region for the simulation. Six awards were given out to participants with outstanding performance. Click on the image to read more.
Dr Yeo Lay Hwee, Director of the European Union Centre in Singapore and Senior Research Fellow at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, recently published an article “Will troubled waters spoil ASEAN’s celebrations?” in Europe’s World, an independent Europe-wide policy journal. Click on the image to read more.
This week, we bring you stories about EU-Singapore trade deal cannot be concluded by EU alone, French newly minted president - Meeting with Merkel and shuffling the cards of traditional French politics, Poland and Hungary in the spotlight for concerns over the rule of law, Turning point for the Greek economy?, as well as Vietnam, EU complete negotiations on logging, timber trade. Click on the image to read more.
On 16 May 2017, the Court of Justice, the highest court in the European Union, ruled that the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA) is a mixed agreement and would therefore require ratifications not only by EU institutions but also by the national and regional parliaments of EU member states. This final ruling in itself is not a surprise since last December, a non-binding opinion delivered by the Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston indicated that the EUSFTA can only be concluded by the EU and Member states acting jointly. What is perhaps surprising is that contrary to the opinion, the final court ruling only sets out two investments issues over which there is shared competence between the EU and its member states and hence would require approval by the parliaments of the member states. Click on the image to read more about the commentary.
The EU Centre would like to highlight the 17th edition of the Summer School on EU Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy. The Summer School is designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of (the) EU immigration and asylum policies from a legal perspective. Click on the image to read more.
We are delighted to bring out the inaugural issue of the Newsletter, Scene@CMM. The Newsletter is to connect the partners of the Jean Monnet Network on Challenges to Multilateralism and Multiculturalism (JMN-CMM) to the students, staff and faculty, and the research and policy communities in Southeast Asia and Europe. Click on the image to read more.