Takeaki MATSUMOTO, Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs visits Karel DE GUCHT, European Commissioner for Trade:
Première transmission: 02/05/2011
Brussels, Belgium - EC/Berlaymont
Fin de production: 02/05/2011
On a working visit to Brussels, Takeaki Matsumoto, Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs, met with Karel De Gucht this afternoon for talks on the European Union - Japan trade relations.
The issue was the future launch of negotiations on sealing a free-trade agreement (FTA) between Tokyo and the 27 EU countries, with the objective of reaching an accord during the next Japan-EU summit talks scheduled later this month late in Brussels.
Japan wants to endorse the start of the Japan-EU FTA talks at the next summit.
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||Arrival of Takeaki Matsumoto, Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs (2 shots)
||Handshake with Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade
||Cutaway of press
||Roundtable (5 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (in English) John Clancy, Spokesperson in charge of Trade, saying that: The Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht and Foreign Minister for Japan, Matsumoto met this afternoon in order to be in preparation towards the upcoming EU-Japan Summit. Firstly, Commissioner De Gucht expressed his personal condolences to the Minister and, of course to the people in Japan following the tragic earthquake and tsunami in the last few weeks. Of course, the meeting was focussing towards the preparation needed for the summit. That is where the key focus is for the time being, and both sides decided that it was necessary for officials to continue meeting and to continue a dialogue towards preparations for an eventual and possible opening for a free trade agreement. However, the Commissioner's position very much reflected the Council's conclusions of the 24 and 25th of March, which was underlining the strategic importance of the EU-Japanese trade relationship. Also underline the need for Japan to make some key movements in order to keep this process moving forward, notability, on non tariff barriers and also in public procurement, the need to open up very much more the Japanese public procurement market.