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The EU and Japan are negotiating to create a fair and progressive trade agreement. EU negotiators are supported by official studies into the potential benefits of the deal, and communicate regularly with national governments, the European Parliament and public organisations about their progress.

Involvement of EU Member States


EU member countries have access to negotiating documents and have regular meetings at the technical and ministerial level.

In 2016-2017:

  • 18 meetings held with national governments, at a political and technical level, to prepare negotiating rounds or to debrief on their outcome (including two at ministerial level in the Trade Council, and 16 in the framework of the so-called Trade Policy Committee)
  • the chief negotiator debriefed EU countries' ambassadors in Tokyo after each round of negotiations that took place there
  • specific issues relevant for the Japan FTAs were also discussed in working groups involving EU members' experts: services and investment (seven meetings), customs and rules of origin (6), sustainable development (4), plant and animal health issues (3), data flows (3)

Scrutiny by the European Parliament


The European Parliament's Committee on International Trade (INTA) has access to the same information as provided to national governments represented in the Council.

The Commissioner and the Commission negotiating team have been briefing the INTA Committee on the progress of the negotiations on a regular basis. In addition, the EU chief negotiator debriefs the INTA Japan FTA Monitoring group throughout the negotiations.

In 2016-2017:

  • Seven meetings with the monitoring group of the Committee on International Trade
  • Six meetings of the Committee on International Trade (INTA) where Japan was on the agenda (three with Commissioner Malmström)

Engagement with national parliaments


Since the beginning of her mandate, Commissioner Malmström has visited national parliaments in almost all of the EU's member countries in order to discuss the state of play of EU trade negotiations.

Meetings with citizens and civil society

In 2016-2017:

  • Civil Society Dialogue: negotiations with Japan were discussed in a debriefing and Q&A session with Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and two meetings with the Director-General for trade Jean-Luc Demarty.
  • Participation of the Commissioner in the plenary meeting of the European Economic and Social Committee
  • Three civil dialogue meetings organised by DG AGRI that touched on agricultural aspects of the deal
  • Meetings of the Commissioner, chief negotiator and experts with individual organisations such as the European Trade Union Confederation, the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC), Transport & Environment and Digital Europe
  • In EU member countries: Citizens' dialogues by Trade Commissioner and trade officials

Engagement with the media

In addition to individual interviews by the Commissioner, several press conferences and technical briefings for the European press were devoted to these negotiations in Brussels and Tokyo.

Negotiation round reports

Textual proposals

Impact Assessments

Other documents

Stakeholder talks

Extra documents can be found in the document library