3rd round of negotiations for EU/Japan Free Trade Agreement (FTA)
Brussels - European Management Centre
On 21 October 2013, 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, met with Jun Yokota, Japanese Chief Negotiator, Special Representative of the Government in charge of the Japan-EU EPA negotiations, in the framework of the third round of negotiations for EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement (FTA), held in Brussels, Belgium.
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||Exterior view of the Management Centre Europe (MCE) Conference Centre in Brussels, Belgium
||Handshake between Jun Yokota, 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
||Cutaway of cameramen and photographers
||Photo opportunity with Jun Yokota and Mauro Petriccione
||Jun Yokota and Mauro Petriccione having a conversation
||Round table with Jun Yokota and Mauro Petriccione
||Soundbite by Mauro Petriccione (in ENGLISH): Ladies and Gentlemen, shall we proceed? First of all, let me welcome once again the Japanese delegation for these negotiations. Jun Yokota, I am very glad to see you back here. You know this town very well but you will continue to know it very well in the near future. I am very happy to see all your team behind you, faces which I am learning to know very well, so you are all very welcome back to Brussels. Before we go into the substance of our discussions, I will of course give the floor for initial remarks but I would first of all like to express our solidarity for the typhoon that has hit Japan and for all those who have been affected. We have been watching with trepidation what's happening in Japan and we feel very much about I don't have a lot to say in addition in terms of introduction so perhaps I'll give you shortly the floor and then what I would like to do is to say a few words on what I see, the spirit of how this round should be.
||Soundbite by Jun Yokota (in ENGLISH): Thank you for your warm words of welcome and also your sincere expression of solidarity with the victims of the recent typhoon. It seems that another is always heading so we must brace for more unfortunately. It is very good to be back in town again. I am glad that I can continue to discover parts of Brussels that I haven't done in my three year stay here. I took the opportunity yesterday to visit grand place which was the Museum Van Buuren but I thought the criminals had taken off nothing of the entire value of this museum so I was really glad to know that. This being apart, I would just like to say as an opening remark that the Japanese economy seems to be very well these days. They are lot of signs that show that we are heading in a positive direction. And right now I think we are watching very closely what will happen when this hike of the consumption tax will take place next April. Also it is only 3 percentage points it means a 60 percent rise in taxes and there are many people who are worried about the effect that it might have on the Japanese economy but so far I think it is all working very well. And I just want to mention another figure that I saw this morning in the press which is the overall trade figure. Japan has experienced for the fifteen consecutive month a trade deficit in our overall trade and with the EU it has experienced the biggest ever I think, monthly, semi-annual trade deficit.
||Soundbite by Mauro Petriccione (in ENGLISH) giving some general remarks on the third round of negotiations for EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement (FTA)
||Soundbite by Jun Yokota (in ENGLISH) giving some general remarks on the preconceived ideas about Trade and the Japanese economy.
||Soundbite by Mauro Petriccione (in ENGLISH): I think it is the right proportion.
||General views of the participants at the end of the round table