Launch of EU/Japan Free Trade Agreement negotiations: extracts from the opening remarks

Type: Speech - summary   Reference: I-077508   Duration: 10:02:16  Lieu:
End production: 16/04/2013   First transmission: 15/04/2013
On 15 April 2013, Jun Jokota, Japanese Chief Negotiator, Special Representative of the Government in charge of the Japan-EU EPA negotiations, and Mauro Petriccione, Director for "Development and management of trade relations with Neighbourhood Countries and with South-East Asia" at the DG "Trade" of the EC, gave the opening remarks of the first round of negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), held in Brussels from 15 to 19 April 2013.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Jun Yokota, Japanese Chief Negotiator, Special Representative of the Government in charge of the Japan-EU EPA negotiations, in Brussels 00:00:04
10:00:09 Cutaway of cameramen 00:00:04
10:00:14 Handshake between Jun Yokota and Mauro Petriccione, Director for "Development and management of trade relations with Neighbourhood Countries and with South-East Asia" at the DG "Trade" of the EC 00:00:05
10:00:19 Soundbite by Jun Yokota (in ENGLISH): We are, I think, at this juncture experiencing a very important moment; that is to kick-off officially the start of our negotiations. I would like to say that we are looking forward to engaging with you in order to produce a meaningful bilateral deal. 00:00:35
10:00:55 Soundbite by Mauro Petriccione (in ENGLISH): This negotiation has been subdued to a long period of preparation. There is a certain expectation on both sides and we will use that effectively in accelerating the rhythm of the negotiation itself. Of course, a number of issues are very complicated, they will take the time, they will need to be aired in full but, I think, we are in a position to avoid much of the search for information that usually occupies the first part of a negotiation so I think we should be able to deal with the substance relatively soon then we will discover together how long it will take us to find solutions. 00:00:47
10:01:42 General view of the round table 00:00:04
10:01:46 Soundbite by Mauro Petriccione (in ENGLISH): We have already agreed on a second round of negotiation in June in Tokyo. We will propose to you in the course of this week dates for the third round in the autumn and I would propose that we maintain a similar rhythm so that we are in a position to have between 4 and 5 rounds every year. We shall then figure out together how many additional discussions we need in-between round. 00:00:30
10:02:16 General view of the round table 00:00:05
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