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The EU is the world’s leading producer of vehicles, with about 20% of global vehicle production or over 18 million vehicles originating in the block in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the output heavily. The EU is also a frontrunner when it comes to research and development in the sector, providing new and cleaner technologies and smart solutions for transport. While Singapore is a relatively small market in terms of vehicles sales, it can play a significant role as standard-setting jurisdiction and sets an example for the ASEAN as a region. With Singapore’s recent announcement to limit new registrations of diesel-fuelled vehicles and to foster more reliance on new technologies, there is an increased scope for bilateral cooperation in this area as both partners face the challenges of clean mobility in the 21st century.

The EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA), which entered into force on 21 November 2019, promotes the recognition of international standards for motor vehicles and parts thereof. The EU and Singapore agreed to refrain from introducing new regulatory measures which differ from international standards. They allow the sale of products incorporating new technologies unless such technologies are proven to create a significant risk to human health, safety or the environment. The EUSFTA provides a possibility to sell new motor vehicles and car parts from the EU in Singapore without any additional testing or certification, provided they are certified in line with international standards accepted in the EU, notably United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) type approval regulations.

This webinar will give practical insights on trade in the automotive sector between the EU and Singapore and how the EUSFTA provisions on motor vehicles and car parts can help EU and Singapore companies. Additionally, the webinar will look at the broader impact of automotive regulations in the ASEAN as a region with a particular focus on new emerging technologies for electric vehicles and chargers.

Singapore time   Agenda
4.00 – 4.10 pm   Welcome Address

Iwona PIÓRKO, European Union Ambassador to Singapore

4.10 – 4.50 pm   What does the EUSFTA do for trade in automobiles and their parts? – Understanding EU-Singapore trade in automotives, the Annex on Motor Vehicles and Parts under the EUSFTA, and the importance of the UNECE framework


»         Aleksander LAZAREVIC, DG GROW, European Commission

»         James LOSARI, Legal Expert, Policy Support Facility Project – Support to the Implementation of the EUSFTA

»         François GUICHARD, Secretary to the WP.29 Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles (GRVA) and Secretary (temp.) to the WP.1 Group of Experts on drafting a new legal instrument on the use of automated vehicles in traffic (GoE on LIAV)

This session will look at:

»         Main elements of the EUSFTA – Annex of motor vehicles and parts

»         The regulatory framework in the EU (Type approval, full harmonisation among EU Member States, once certified in one country accepted in all)

»         The regulatory framework in Singapore

»         The UNECE framework for the development of international standards for the automotive sector

›          Introduction to the UNECE, its objectives and the legal instruments; and

›          A case study of a development in the UNECE

(Please note: the above text is indicative only and can be revised/further elements to be added by the speakers)

4.50 – 5.20 pm   Future of the automotive trade in Singapore – How can the development of regulations relating to new technologies in the automotive sector, in particular electric vehicles and chargers, support international trade between EU, Singapore and ASEAN as a region?


»         Eugene LIM, Team Leader, Policy Support Facility Project – Support to the Implementation of the EUSFTA (Co-Founder & Principal, Taxise Asia – WTS Taxise)

»         Aleksander LAZAREVIC, DG GROW, European Commission

Industry Perspective:

»         Kay MASORSKY, Head of Customs and Trade, WTS Global

This session will look at:

»         The emerging regulations and trends relating to electric vehicles and chargers in the EU and Singapore, in particular the Singapore Green Plan 2030.

»         Providing practical insights on how these impact trade and the use of Singapore as a regional hub.

(Please note: the above text is indicative only and can be revised/further elements to be added by the speakers)

5.20 – 5.30 pm   Conclusions & Takeaways

Justyna LASIK, Head of Economic and Trade Section, EU Delegation to Singapore


Organised by: European Union Delegation to Singapore


Register here: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4T8NVuu9T–frkGh_NW5Uw