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In this webinar, the Ambassador of the European Union Delegation to Singapore, H.E. Barbara Plinkert will share information on the process towards a gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU and EU-Singapore connectivity and the role of the EU Delegation during dialogues with Singaporean authorities in this respect.

The Ambassador will take questions from the EuroCham members during the Q&A, though, if you have questions or concerns you would like to put forward before the briefing, please email events@eurocham.org.sg

The briefing will be conducted under Chatham House Rules.



9.30am Welcome remarks by Mr Federico Donato, President of EuroCham

9.35am  Briefing by the Ambassador of the EU Delegation, H.E. Barbara Plinkert

9.50am Q&A moderated by Mr Philippe Van Hoof, Vice President of EuroCham

10.10am Closing remarks



Ambassador of the European Union to Singapore

H.E. Barbara Plinkert began her term as the EU Ambassador to Singapore in 2017 – a historically significant year as the EU turned 60 and ASEAN 50; and the EU and ASEAN marked 40 years of ties. During her term, Singapore’s importance as a key strategic partner was further emphasized by its simultaneous position as ASEAN chair in 2018 and its assumption of the threeyear role as ASEAN’s coordinator for EU relations, also in 2018. These ties were further deepened with another important milestone under her watch – the landmark EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement taking effect on November 21st 2019.

Prior to her assignment in Singapore, Ambassador Plinkert was Head of Division responsible for Headquarters Security and EEAS Security Policy at the European External Action Service in Brussels. Before that, she served in various positions in different parts of the world. From 2011-2015, she was based in Addis Ababa as Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Ethiopia. Before that, she held key positions within the EU with postings in Zimbabwe, Tajikstan and Kazakhstan. Between 1998 and 2003, her work for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime took her to Afghanistan.

Ambassador Plinkert speaks English, German, French and Chinese. She holds a Masters of Arts degree in Sinology, South-east Asian studies and Linguistics from Free University of Berlin.



Managing Director & Head of Financial Institutions (FI) Asia
ING Bank N.V., Singapore Branch

Philippe Van Hoof is Member of the Senior Management Team for ING Wholesale Banking Asia Pacific. Philippe and his team in 10 countries cover a wide range of Financial Institutions in Asia Pacific. He has over 25 years of banking experience, including 12 years in Singapore, Korea and Japan. In addition to managing strategic relationships with banks, Philippe has extensive experience in covering insurers, asset managers, securities companies and sovereign wealth funds at executive/board level on a wide range of strategic topics including the impact of regulations, macro-economic, new products launch and M&A.

Next to ING, Philippe was also the Chairman of Eurocham Singapore Financial Services Committee until 2018 and has been elected as Board Member of Eurocham in 2019 and currently serves as Vice President.


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