29 May 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSSION DAILY NEWS – 29 MAYBrussels Daily
EU- Japan Summit in Tokyo
The 23rd bilateral summit between the European Union and Japan is taking place today in Tokyo, Japan. European Commission President Juncker, European Council President Tusk and Japanese Prime Minister Abe will hold a press conference their joint statement is available here. The ongoing negotiations for a strategic partnership agreement and a free trade agreement are on the Agenda of today’s Summit. Speaking at the Keidanren, Japan’s main industry federation, Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström, in Tokyo to discuss these negotiations, said: “We believe that if this deal is worth doing, it’s worth doing right. We have to be ambitious on the substance as well as on the timing” (see speech and photos). The EU and Japan are not only joining forces on trade, but also on the front of technology, research and innovation, with a new 5G agreement to cope with the increasing need for wireless Internet and complement current efforts to create a Digital Single Market in Europe. The agreement will allow to work towards a common understanding and standards of 5G, identify new harmonised radio band frequencies for 5G spectrum and cooperate on future 5G applications in areas like connected cars or e-health. In parallel, the EU and Japan have also agreed to deepen their cooperation on Research and Innovation (R&I). The agreement will build on the strong research ties in areas like ICT and aeronautics and strengthen collaborations in health and medical research, environment, energy and physics. The partners will also set up a joint funding mechanism that will make it easier to finance common R&I projects and collaborate more closely on policy aspects, like Open Science. The EU has also signed an agreement to stimulate scientific exchanges between its European Research Centre (ERC) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) (IP/15/5069).
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