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23rd EU-Japan summit in Tokyo

On 29 May 2015, European Council President Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, will represent the EU at the 23rd bilateral EU-Japan summit. Discussions will focus on:

  • political and economic relations between the EU and Japan, focusing on negotiations for a strategic partnership agreement and a free trade agreement
  • foreign policy issues, in particular in the EU's and Japan's respective neighbourhoods, Ukraine and South East Asia
  • global challenges such as international negotiations on climate change and counter-terrorism cooperation

23rd EU-Japan summit in Tokyo

On 29 May 2015, European Council President Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, will represent the EU at the 23rd bilateral EU-Japan summit. Discussions will focus on:

  • political and economic relations between the EU and Japan, focusing on negotiations for a strategic partnership agreement and a free trade agreement
  • foreign policy issues, in particular in the EU's and Japan's respective neighbourhoods, Ukraine and South East Asia
  • global challenges such as international negotiations on climate change and counter-terrorism cooperation

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