Hailed as a “historic day for European defence”, 23 EU member states signed the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) in Brussels early this week as the first step towards defence integration in the EU. The European Commission released its Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) reports for Bulgaria and Romania on Wednesday (15 Nov), concluding that while progress has been made, “there is still more work to be done” to combat organised crime and corruption in these two countries. Concerns over fake news in the EU has led the Commission to announce plans to tackle the issue through public consultations and setting up a High-Level Expert Group to look into how to address the challenges. Brexit negotiations between the EU and UK remained deadlock over the UK’s Brexit bill. The EU and Japan this week reaffirmed their commitment to conclude the ongoing free trade negotiations by year end. Click on the image to read more.
Dr Yeo Lay Hwee together with Ms Peggy Kek from SSO, Dr Gillian Koh from IPS and Ms Chang Li Lin from PMO co-edited a book “Tommy Koh – Serving Singapore and the World” to pay tribute to Singapore’s foremost diplomat, Ambassador Tommy Koh. The book was launched on 11th November 2017, one day before the 80th birthday of Ambassador Koh. The book, published by World Scientific Professional, contained over 40 essays written by experts in the various fields of endeavor and people who have worked with Ambassador Koh. The essays are organised into four main sections – Diplomacy and International Relations; Arts, Culture and Heritage; Progressive Society; International Law and a fifth section that features tributes from his former classmates and colleagues. Click on the image to read more.
The EU Centre would like to highlight an information session hosted by EURAXESS ASEAN on the European Research Council (ERC) Grant opportunities. The event is supported by the Research Support Office of Nanyang Technological University and will be held on 30 November 2017 from 2.30PM to 5.30PM at the Nanyang Executive Centre Auditorium. Click on the image to read more.
The EU Centre would like to share about an online presentation organised by EvalUE on the Erasmus + Programme at the Global Education Conference on Tuesday, 14th November, at 4:00 p.m. Eastern US time. The presentation will be conducted primarily in English. Click on the image to read more.
The EU Centres in Australia and New Zealand got together to conceive an interesting conference to discuss and debate the challenges facing the European Union (EU) and contemplate its future. Hosted by the EU Centre in the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and supported by the European Commission, the two and a half day conference from 16-18 October attracted more than 100 participants. Dr Yeo Lay Hwee, Director of the EU Centre took part in the first plenary on “The European Union in a Multipolar World”. In her remarks, she began by asking what kind of world are we in? Click on the image to read more.
The Presentation of Credentials ceremony started against the backdrop of the Presidential Palace’s lush lawns with Ambassador Plinkert being received by Singapore's guard of honour. After the inspection of the guard of honour, Ambassador Plinkert signed the guest book and presented her letters of credence to President Yacob. Click on the image to read more.