The Europe Day Celebration Luncheon is another annual highlight of the European Chamber of Commerce in Singapore and celebrates the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration of 1950 that led to the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community and subsequently to the European Union.
Each year, Europe Day welcomes an Asian personality to address a high-level audience with a keynote speech followed by a question and answer session. This prestigious luncheon is attended by about 200 guests, including Singaporean government representatives, Foreign Ambassadors, CEOs and Managing Directors of major European and Singaporean companies.
The speaker is invited to share his or her views on the role of ASEAN and its individual member countries and their relations with the European Union. According to his or her specific expertise and role, the speaker could develop views on specific issues that are of high relevance for the EU and South East Asia such as economic strategies and development, free trade agreements and regional integration.
The Europe Day Luncheon welcomed in the past distinguished speakers such as Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, former Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Le Luong Minh, current Secretary-General of ASEAN, Minister Lim Hng Kiang, Singapore Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr. S. Iswaran, Singapore Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Prof. Tommy Koh, Singapore Ambassador-at-Large as well as Minister Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Malaysian Minister for International Trade and Industry. Minister Lim Hng Kiang graced us with his presence again for the latest Europe Day luncheon.