Update – the closing remarks are now available
“We Europeans, as much as you, believe that trade should be free and fair at the same time. We are now modernising our trade and political agreements with Mexico, Chile and with Mercosur. We want to expand their benefits to a larger number of people and, particularly, to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises.”
Japan and the European Union do both see the world in the same way. We believe that we can make each other stronger, safer and more prosperous when we work together in a rules-based international system. Nowhere is this more obvious than when it comes to trade.
Following the second EU-CELAC ministerial meeting, participants adopted a declaration.
“In challenging times for the global trading system, the Socialists and Democrats want the EU to shape trade relations based on the rule of law and sustainable development, not the law of the jungle. That is why we fought for a strong sustainable development chapter that includes a specific review clause for the future improvement of the enforcement mechanisms of this chapter.”
The 25th EU-Japan Summit took place on 17 July in Tokyo. At the summit, leaders signed two landmark agreements, the Strategic Partnership Agreement and the Economic Partnership Agreement, which will significantly boost bilateral relations.
“The 20th Summit between the European Union and the People’s Republic of China held today in Beijing has underlined that this partnership has reached a new level of importance for our own citizens, for our respective neighbouring regions and for the international community more broadly.”
On 16 July 2018, the Council adopted negotiating directives for the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission to negotiate an Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with Uzbekistan. The new agreement will replace the 1999 Partnership and Cooperation Agreement and further strengthen the EU-Uzbekistan relations.
The speech by President Juncker is available (in French).