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EU-Japan Industrial Policy Dialogue

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The Industrial Policy Dialogue established between DG Enterprise and Industry and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), has been designed to foster co-operation with Japan as a key industrialised country in the Far East. This policy-oriented dialogue serves three main purposes:

  • It is a forum for in-depth discussion on issues of mutual interest covering competitiveness and industrial policy in Europe and Japan. This dialogue is particularly valuable as both Europe and Japan are confronted with similar challenges: how to boost competitiveness while addressing climate change issues and how to address the growing competition from emerging countries.
  • Several technical working groups set up within the Dialogue report to the annual meeting: "Standards and conformity assessment", "Biotechnology" and "Environment" working groups. Those working groups usually meet once a year, prior to the Industrial Policy Dialogue plenary meeting.
  • The Dialogue reviews the work of the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Co-operation and the activities of the business-led EU-Japan Business Round Table.

The plenary meeting of the EU-Japan Industrial Policy Dialogue takes place alternatively in Brussels and Tokyo, on a yearly basis, between the Director-General of DG Enterprise and Industry and his counterpart, the METI Vice-Minister for International Affairs. The latest meeting took place in Tokyo on 29 January 2008, with an agenda centred on climate change/energy issues seen from a competitiveness angle.

EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation

The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation is instrumental in achieving the goal of a stronger industrial co-operation between Japan and Europe: it aims at improving EU and Japanese companies' competitiveness and cooperation by facilitating exchanges of experience and know-how between EU and Japanese businesses.

The Centre was created in 1987 as a major co-operative action by the EU and the Japanese Government. Its structure is unique. The European Commission (DG Enterprise and Industry) and the Japanese Government (METI) jointly fund the Centre which operates via its offices in Tokyo (Head Office) and Brussels (European Office).

The Centre offers business information services and seminars, notably for SMEs. It is also organising management training programmes and student in-company traineeships. To reflect the priorities of the EU-Japan relationship, the Centre is developing new activities in the following fields: climate change/environment/energy, investment, industrial policy, SME-related activities and innovation.

More information on the detailed activities of the Centre

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