EuroCham welcomed H.E. Mr Algirdas ŠEMETA, EU Commissioner for Taxation, Customs, Anti-Fraud and Audit who shared his views on Europe in today’s global environment and its relations with Singapore and ASEAN.In light of the growing economic ties between the EU and Singapore, Commissioner Šemeta gave insights on specific issues that are of high relevance for the EU and South East Asia such as its economic strategies, trade policy and opportunities for businesses.
The European Commissioner for taxation, customs, anti-fraud, budgetary discharge and audit, Mr. Šemeta is responsible for policies that can actively contribute to developing a highly competitive, social market economy which fully exploits the benefits of the internal market. This is essential for the good of citizens and businesses, to boost Europe’s global competitiveness and, at the same time, to ensure that European tax-payers get real value for their money. To get there, Mr Šemeta works in close partnership with the European Parliament, the Council and other stakeholders.
Mr. Šemeta ensures that transparency, simplicity, accountability and responsibility remain the pillars upon which EU expenditure rests. His mandate is driven by the objective of permanently improving the quality of spending to ensure that the EU budget is executed in accordance with the principles of sound financial management and is positively assessed by the Court of Auditors and the discharge authority.
12.00 – Registration
12.30 – Lunch
13.15 – Opening Remarks by Mr Wouter Van Wersch, Vice-President, EuroCham
13. 20 – Welcome Address by Dr Michael Pulch,
Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation to Singapore
13.30 – Keynote Address, European Commissioner H.E. Mr Algirdas Šemeta and Q&A
14.00 – End