EU-Japan Summit, 06/07/2017

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The EU-Japan summit took place on 6 July in Brussels. At the summit, leaders announced a political agreement on an ambitious  EU-Japan free trade deal and closer political cooperation based on shared values, human rights, democracy and rule of law.

Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, represented the EU at the summit.

Leaders adopted a statement following the summit, as well as another statement on North Korea.

Economic Partnership Agreement

EU and Japanese leaders agreed in principle to an Economic Partnership Agreement. This agreement will boost EU-Japan trade and economic partnership by addressing issues related to:

  • market access for goods (including cars and dairy products), services and investment
  • procurement, including railways
  • non-tariff measures
  • protection of geographical indications
  • intellectual property rights.

The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement will constitute the basis to promote free and fair trade between two of the most important global economies, and rejects any form of  protectionism.  It also strengthens EU-Japan commitment to work even closer on the establishment of new international standards in the future.

"Although some are saying that the time of isolationism and disintegration is coming again, we are demonstrating that this is not the case. That the world really doesn't need to go a hundred years back in time. Quite the opposite. It doesn't have to be so. As we are proving with Japan."

President Donald Tusk at the press conference of the EU-Japan summit in Brussels

Respective negotiating teams will finalise the agreement, allowing for the internal procedures to start soon, both in the EU and in Japan.

Strategic Partnership Agreement 

Japan and the EU also reached agreement in principle of the Strategic Partnership Agreement. This will provide a framework for an even deeper and more strategic EU-Japan cooperation.

The Strategic Partnership Agreement highlights the shared values and common principles that form the foundation of the EU-Japan partnership, including human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

"This basis of shared values, which we not only respect, but which - in accordance with the Strategic Partnership Agreement - we have committed to promote, has allowed us to conclude these negotiations. And most importantly, no-one lost."

President Donald Tusk at the press conference of the EU-Japan summit in Brussels

North Korea

At the summit, leaders called for the early adoption of a new UN Security Council resolution on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), following the recent launch of a ballistic missile of possible intercontinental range.

They also urged the DPRK to abandon all nuclear, other weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programmes, and to engage in a credible dialogue with the international community.

Last reviewed on 11/07/2017