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Semiconductors: Von der Leyen promises “diversification among like-minded partners”

Plans towards a European Chips Act are maturing. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen announced a new regulation mirroring similarly named recent United States legislation will be tabled as soon as early February. Brussels’ move in the semiconductor sector heralds a much more politically controlled approach to supply chain …

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Comment: EU and Singapore ready to take partnership to the next level

Just two years after the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement entered into force, the EU and Singapore are ready to take our economic cooperation to the next level by pursuing a comprehensive digital partnership, write European Commission executive vice-president Valdis Dombrovksis and Singapore’s minister in charge of trade S. Iswaran.

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EU and Singapore to prepare the ground for digital partnership talks

The EU and Singapore will soon formally start preparing the ground to start negotiations towards a digital partnership agreement. These ‘scoping’ talks will be held  within the framework of an already existing two-year-old bilateral free trade agreement and form part of a dedicated working group under the deal’s Joint Committee.

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The EU US Trade and Tech Council – how it’s shaping up

The EU-US Trade and Technology Council was an idea tabled in Brussels and endorsed at the last minute by Washington ahead of their first summit in June 2021. Although it might be postponed, preparations for a meeting that is ultimately expected to go ahead are far advanced. This is what …

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EU to seek deeper digital trade ties with Indo-Pacific partners

The European Commission and External Action Service are planning to unveil a proposal to start Digital Economy Partnership Agreement negotiations with Korea, Japan and Singapore as part of the European Union’s new Indo-Pacific strategy. The EU is also considering launching data privacy legislation “adequacy” negotiations with India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, …