EU-JAPAN SUMMIT 06 JULY

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EU-JAPAN SUMMIT 06 JULY
05 Jul 2017

EU-JAPAN SUMMIT 06 JULY

Brussels Daily

EU and Japan to agree free trade deal

On 6 July at the EU-Japan Summit EU and Japanese leaders are expected to announce a political agreement on the EU-Japan free trade deal and the EU-Japan strategic partnership. They will also discuss bilateral cooperation, global challenges, and foreign policy issues.

Agenda highlights

The EU-Japan summit will take place on 6 July in Brussels. At the summit, leaders are expected to announce a political agreement on the EU-Japan free trade agreement and the EU-Japan strategic partnership agreement.

The EU will be represented by Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and by Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. Japan will be represented by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

EU-Japan free trade agreement

EU and Japan leaders are expected to announce a political agreement on the EU-Japan free trade agreement and the EU-Japan strategic partnership agreement.

Bilateral cooperation

Leaders will discuss measures to strengthen the EU-Japan partnership on security. Ongoing cooperation on counter-terrorism will be intensified, focussing on capacity building with third countries, tackling terrorism financing and foreign terrorist fighters. Leaders will also discuss cooperation in the fields of energy, science and technology, development, import restrictions and data protection.

Global challenges

Leaders will stress their commitment to promote an open and fair global economy and refrain from all forms of protectionism. EU and Japan leaders will highlight their commitment to the full implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate. They will also reaffirm their commitment to strengthen their cooperation on migration issues.

Regional and foreign policy issues

Leaders will address recent developments in EU’s and Japan’s respective neighbourhoods, including the situation in the Korean peninsula. Leaders will also discuss the situation in Ukraine, Syria, as well as in the East and South China seas.

EU relation with Japan

As advanced, industrialised democracies, the EU and Japan have many common interests and values. The scope of the overall relationship has broadened in recent years along the lines of the 2001 Action Plan [167 KB] and now goes far beyond the earlier trade-related focus of the 1970’s and 1980’s.

New agreements

The EU and Japan are currently working towards new agreements:

  • a Framework Agreement covering not only political dialogue and policy cooperation, but also cooperation on regional and global challenges
  • a Free Trade Agreement to stimulate growth on both sides, and with cooperation at all levels up to EU – Japan Summit meetings covering foreign policy, economic and trade relations, and regional and global challenges.

 

Ongoing policy dialogue

The EU has an ongoing dialogue with Japan on a variety of policy areas: environment, information society, science & technology, trade, financial services and industrial policy.

Multilateral cooperation

The EU cooperates closely with Japan in international and multilateral fora such as the UN, WTO, and the G8.

Business, academic and civil-society contacts

These are promoted by EU Institutes in Japan and cooperative education and business initiatives. Several programmes offer training in Japan to European executives.

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