EU trade czar confident of speedy ratification of FTA with Singapore

European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom is looking forward to working with Singapore to ensure small and medium companies can take advantage of the benefits the deal offers for better access to each other's markets.
European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom is looking forward to working with Singapore to ensure small and medium companies can take advantage of the benefits the deal offers for better access to each other's markets.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

BRUSSELS - Ahead of Singapore and the European Union signing a landmark free trade pact today (Oct 19), Europe's top trade official is confident that it will be ratified by the European Parliament and enter into force by early next year.

And European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom is looking forward to working with Singapore to ensure small and medium companies, which she described as the backbone of economies on both sides, can take advantage of the benefits the deal offers for better access to each other's markets.

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