Event: Shaping the EU-Japan trade relations (Brussels, 4 December 2017)

In July 2017, the EU and Japan reached an agreement in principle on the main elements of the EPA. Within the framework of our event we would like to discuss the possible challenges ahead to close the deal, the chances to overcome differences on the topic of investment protection and the ability of the partners to set global standards regarding digital trade and data flows. As speakers we will be welcoming Ambassador Akira Kono, Deputy Head of the Japanese Mission to the European Union, Philippe Duponteil, European Commission and Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE).

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Overview of FTA and Other Trade Negotiations

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Comitology Meeting: Advisory Committee on the implementation of activities relating to the Community market access strategy (21 November 2017)

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2058 of 10 November 2017 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/6 imposing special conditions governing the import of feed and food originating in or consigned from Japan following the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power station

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UPDATED – Agenda: Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) (10 November 2017)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP INTA Committee – Current and Emerging Trends in Disruptive Technologies: Implications for the Present and Future of EU’s Trade Policy (9 November 2017)

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Proposal for a Council Decision authorising the Commission to open negotiations for an Agreement on cooperation in the area of competition policy between the European Union and the Government of Japan

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP INTA Committee – Towards a digital trade strategy (9 November 2017)

A summary of the Committee’s consideration of amendments is now available.
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OPP Meeting Summary: EP INTA Committee – Implementation of Free Trade Agreements (9 November 2017)

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Blog: Commissioner Malmström on “Reviewing our trade agreements”

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Report from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on Implementation of Free Trade Agreements 1 January 2016 – 31 December 2016

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Event: Looking Beyond the Horizon – Future EU-Japan Collaboration on Research and Innovation (Brussels, 13 November 2017)

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Event: 15th meeting of the EU DAG under the EU-Korea FTA (Brussels, 8 November 2017)

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UPDATED – Recommendation & Report: EP AFET Committee on the Partnership Agreement on Relations and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and New Zealand, of the other part

Updated: the recommendation and the report are now available.

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Trade-related agricultural issues: Report from the Commission on the state of play and Exchange of views

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LIBE delegation to Tokyo, Japan 30.10 – 3.11

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Briefing: Benefits of EU international trade agreements

Trade is the EU’s most important link to the world beyond its borders. In force since the 1957 Treaty of Rome, the transition to a common EU trade policy was completed in 1968. It is the EU’s oldest instrument influencing the bloc’s foreign relations. Today, Article 207 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) establishes the common trade policy as an exclusive EU competence. Following the procedure under that legal basis the EU negotiates, concludes and implements trade agreements. Currently, the EU is negotiating and up-dating Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with 19 countries and 2 sub-regional blocs, namely the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Southern Common Market of South American countries (Mercado Común de Sur: Mercosur). Within the EU’s latest trade strategy – the 2015 ‘Trade for All – Towards a more responsible trade and investment strategy’, FTAs are considered instruments that contribute to the EU’s objective of generating jobs and growth. About 31 million jobs in Europe depend, directly or indirectly, on the EU and its Member States’ ability to trade. In other words, EU external trade concerns almost one in every seven jobs in Europe. In France, for example, over 2.2 million jobs rely on French exports outside the EU. Around 90 % of future global growth is expected to be generated outside Europe’s borders. Figures show that the EU share of world GDP has slowly decreased in recent years (see graph below). Against this background, the EU needs to seize trade opportunities beyond its borders in order to gain higher levels of growth in Europe.

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2018 Commission Work Programme: Trade Policy

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Letter of congratulations from Presidents Tusk and Juncker to Shinzō Abe on his reconfirmation as Prime Minister of Japan

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Annual Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the Implementation of the EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement

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