Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (20 September 2017)

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Council Decision on the position to be adopted on behalf of the European Union within the EPA Committee regarding the accession of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union and changes in the list of countries and territories associated with the European Union

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‘I/A’ Item Note: Draft Council Decision in view of the adoption of a decision of the EPA Committee set up by the Interim agreement establishing a framework for an Economic Partnership Agreement between the Eastern and Southern Africa States and the European Community and its Member States

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/1550 of 14 July 2017 adding an Annex to Regulation (EU) 2016/1076 of the European Parliament and of the Council applying the arrangements for products originating in certain states which are part of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States provided for in agreements establishing, or leading to the establishment of, Economic Partnership Agreements

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/1551 of 14 July 2017 amending Annex I to Regulation (EU) 2016/1076 of the European Parliament and of the Council applying the arrangements for products originating in certain states which are part of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States provided for in agreements establishing, or leading to the establishment of, Economic Partnership Agreements

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Briefing: International Agreements in Progress: Economic Partnership Agreement with the Southern African Development Community (SADC)

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Reply to National Parliament: Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions – reply to the Senato della Repubblica (IT) – JOIN(2016) 52 final

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Agenda: ACP Working Party (12 September 2017)

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Written Answer to a Question: Dairy exports, car imports and the Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan

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Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be adopted in the Joint CARIFORUM-EU Council of the Economic Partnership Agreement between the CARIFORUM States and the European Community as regards the establishment of a list of Arbitrators

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Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be adopted in the Joint CARIFORUM-EU Council of the Economic Partnership Agreement between the CARIFORUM States and the European Community as regards the amendment of Annex IX to Protocol I: Overseas countries and territories

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Official Journal (C Series): Information Notice — Public Consultation — Geographical indications from Japan

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Stakeholder Article: A Trade Deal for the 21st Century

On the eve of the G20 summit in Hamburg, the European Union and Japan reached a political understanding about a new comprehensive free trade agreement. During the EU-Japan Summit, Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, hailed the agreement as “the birth of the world’s largest, free, industrialized economic zone.” EU officials proclaimed it “the most important bilateral trade agreement ever concluded by the EU.”

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Agenda: Commission expert group on the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (15 June 2017)

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Proposal for a Council Decision establishing a European Union Position in view of the adoption of a decision of the EPA Committee set up by the Interim agreement establishing a framework for an Economic Partnership Agreement between the Eastern and Southern Africa States and the European Community and its Member States regarding the accession of the Republic of Croatia

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UPDATED – Event: Civil Society Dialogue on EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (Brussels, 18 July 2017)

Update – minutes from the above event are available.

The purpose of this meeting is to brief civil society organisations on the status of the trade negotiations with Japan. On 6 July 2017 the European Union and Japan reached an agreement in principle on the main elements of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement.

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Agenda: Meeting of the Special Committee on Agriculture (10 July 2017)

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Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/… adding an Annex to Regulation (EU) 2016/1076 applying the arrangements for products originating in certain states which are part of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States provided for in agreements establishing, or leading to the establishment of, Economic Partnership Agreements

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Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/… amending Annex I to Regulation (EU) 2016/1076 applying the arrangements for products originating in certain states which are part of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States provided for in agreements establishing, or leading to the establishment of, Economic Partnership Agreements

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP INTA Committee – Presentation by Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Trade, of the agreement in principle between the EU and Japan on the main elements of an Economic Partnership Agreement (11 July 2017)

A summary of the Commissioner’s presentation is now available.

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Blog: Alliance with Japan

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UPDATED – Agenda: Trade Policy Committee (Full Members) (14 July 2017)

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Speech: Vice-President Katainen’s Speech at the Japan EU Business Round Table, Brussels, 11 July 2017

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Press Release: College Members meet Japan’s Economy Minister Seko and participate in EU-Japan Business Roundtable

Vice-President Andrus Ansip, Vice-President Jyrki Katainen and Commissioner Cecilia Malmström spoke this morning at the EU-Japan Business Roundtable – a yearly gathering of businesses and policy makers, alternating between Japan and Brussels. The roundtable was the first opportunity to present to European and Japan business leaders last week’s Economic Partnership Agreement reached with Japan. Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Ansip accentuated in his speech that the EU and Japan can bring their digital cooperation to the next level with free flow of personal data based on converging data protection laws, while Trade Commissioner Malmström noted in her speechthe new opportunities the companies will be able to enjoy after the Economic Partnership Agreement removes 99 per cent of customs duties and reduces unnecessary red tape. This afternoon, Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete will meet Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko to sign a joint Memorandum of Cooperation on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and to exchange views on the state of the EU-Japan energy dialogue. Vice-President Jyrki Katainen will also meet Minister Seko to discuss international trade and investment issues. Later in the day, Minister Seko will additionally meet Vice-President Ansip and Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Vĕra Jourová to discuss data protection, adequacy decisions and data flows between Japan and the EU. The EU and Japan have been in a dialogue to promote high data protection standards since January 2017. Last week Commissioner Jourová took stock of progress in this dialogue with Japanese data protection Commissioner Haruhi Kumazawa. Additionally, President Juncker and Prime Minister Abe issued last Thursday a joint declaration, reaffirming the importance of ensuring a high level of privacy and security of personal data as a fundamental right and as a central factor of consumer trust in the digital economy. The aim is to strengthen EU-Japan industrial and digital cooperation in various digital fields, including also topics such as the Internet of Things and eGovernment. (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Daniel Rosario – Tel.: +32 229 56185; Christian Wigand – Tel.: +32 229 62253; Inga Höglund – Tel.: +32 229 50698)

Source: European Commission

Speech: The Benefits of an EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement

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