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EU-Singapore FTA Opinion of the Court of Justice

19 May 2017

Services: International Trade and Investment

Has the Court’s opinion on the EU Singapore FTA shaped future EU trade agreements and a future EU-UK FTA?

The Opinion clarifies the EU competence to conclude trade agreements. The ability of the EU to conclude an agreement with the UK is reinforced by the way in which the Court approached the scope of the common commercial policy, by applying the test of whether specific commitments made by the EU are intended to promote, facilitate or govern trade and have a direct and immediate effect on that trade. The conclusions reached by the Court shall not be interpreted as expanding the EU exclusive competence.

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