The EU and Japan confirmed their joint commitment to reach a swift conclusion on a bilateral trade deal and a Strategic Partnership Agreement.
President Juncker and President Tusk met today with the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, with negotiations for a bilateral trade deal featuring prominently on the agenda.
In a statement given before the meeting, President Juncker said: We believe this agreement is necessary because we believe in free, fair and rules-based trade. And so we will continue to look out towards the world, rather than return to isolationism. The EU is open for fair business. Our negotiations with Japan are now in a decisive – and hopefully final – stage. Prime Minister Abe's visit will allow us to reiterate our political commitment to a highly comprehensive, ambitious and balanced deal, so that our capable negotiators make the necessary progress in the outstanding areas. Following our discussions today, I am very confident this will pave the way for a swift agreement this year. As we approach the final stages of the negotiating process, on the EU side we will continue to ensure a high level of transparency and engage directly with stakeholders and civil society on issues related to the negotiations. I look forward to continuing this close partnership with Prime Minister Abe at the upcoming G7 meeting in Taormina, and hopefully at the next EU-Japan summit where we can successfully conclude our negotiations.
EU and Japanese negotiators will meet for a new round of talks in Tokyo in April, and the process will intensify further thereafter.
Alongside the trade agreement, the EU and Japan are also negotiating a Strategic Partnership Agreement that would reflect Japan's position as a key strategic partner of the EU in Asia and demonstrates the partners' joint commitment to open and rules-based trade as well as to the principles of human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
News 21 / 03 / 2017 - EU and Japan make joint commitment to reach a speedy conclusion to trade negotiations
21 Marzo 2017