Singapore has agreed to remove the investment protection provisions from its FTA with the EU (EUSFTA) into a separate agreement. This follows the Opinion of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) of May 2017 that concluded that non-direct investment (portfolio investment), investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), and certain related issues are a shared competence of the EU and the Member States. By splitting the EUSFTA into two agreements, it is hoped that the FTA covering only exclusive EU competence matters could be ratified faster, as only the Council and EP, and not the national parliaments, would have to approve the text before it can start to apply definitively.

Meanwhile, the EU has also been successful in convincing Singapore to accept an investment court system, but with a limited number of judges to keep costs down.