Joint Communique: First Meeting of the EU-SADC EPA Joint Council

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Joint Communique: Sixth Meeting of the EU-SADC EPA Trade and Development Committee

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Official Journal (L Series): Decision No 2/2019 of the EPA Committee established under the stepping stone Economic Partnership Agreement between Côte d’Ivoire, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part of 2 December 2019 as regards the adoption of Protocol 1 concerning the definition of the concept of ‘originating products’ and methods of administrative cooperation

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Factsheet: EU – Central Africa (Cameroon) Economic Partnership Agreement

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Agenda: ACP Working Party (18 February 2020)

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Stakeholder Open Letter: EU-Africa strategy – Letter from BusinessEurope to Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

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UPDATED – Event: Civil Society Dialogue on Cariforum EPA evaluation – Draft Interim Report (Brussels, 29 January 2020)

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Press release: EESC members visit Japan to talk trade and sustainable development with authorities and civil society organisations

Members of the EU-Japan Follow-up Committee of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) visited Japan recently (27-31 January) to discuss the implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) – in place since February 2019 – and to strengthen  cooperation with Japanese counterparts. The visit included a roundtable on the circular economy and the first EU-Japan Joint Dialogue with civil society under the EPA, with trade and sustainable development issues on the agenda.

Report: 1st Round of Negotiations between the EU and ESA Countries for the deepening of the existing Economic Partnership Agreement

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UPDATED – Agenda: Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) (7 February 2020)

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Written Answer to a Question: Citrus fruit imports from South Africa in 2019

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UPDATED – Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (15 January 2020)

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Press Release: Trade: First year of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement shows growth in EU exports

1 February 2020 marks the first anniversary of the entry into force of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). In the first ten months following the implementation of the agreement, EU exports to Japan went up by 6.6% compared to the same period the year before. This outperforms the growth in the past three years, which averaged 4.7% (Eurostat data). Japanese exports to Europe grew by 6.3% in the same period.

2020 Commission Work Programme: Trade

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Agenda and Joint Communique: 8 th Meeting of the ESA – EU EPA Committee (14 January 2020)

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Agenda: EU-Japan EPA First Meeting of the Committee on Regulatory Cooperation (20 January 2020)

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Agenda: EU-Japan EPA Trade and Sustainable Development Joint Dialogue With Civil Society (31 January 2020, Tokyo)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Economic and Financial Affairs Council (5 December 2019)

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Agenda: ACP Working Party (24 January 2020)

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Press Release: EU and five Eastern and Southern African countries kick off negotiations to deepen trade relations

The EU concludes today the first round of negotiations to deepen the existing Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with five Eastern and Southern Africa partners (Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Zimbabwe).

UPDATED – Official Journal (L Series): Council Decision (EU) 2019/1355 of 15 July 2019 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the EPA Committee established under the stepping stone Economic Partnership Agreement between Côte d’Ivoire, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part, as regards the adoption of Protocol 1 concerning the definition of the concept of ‘originating products’ and methods of administrative cooperation

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Report on the exercise of the power to adopt delegated acts conferred on the Commission pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2016/1076 of the European Parliament and the Council of 8 June 2016 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 (formerly known as the Market Access Regulation)

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Official Journal (L Series): Council Decision (EU) 2020/13 of 19 December 2019 amending the negotiating directives for the negotiation of Economic Partnership Agreements with the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries and regions, to the extent that they fall within the competence of the Union

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Official Journal (L Series): Decision (EU) 2020/14 of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States, meeting within the Council of 19 December 2019 authorising the European Commission to negotiate, on behalf of the Member States, Economic Partnership Agreements between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries and regions, of the other part, to the extent that they fall within the competences of the Member States

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Event: Technology-transfer 32: introducing pharmaceuticals and medical devices to Japan (Webinar, 28 February 2020)

With its large aging population, Japan is one of the world’s largest markets for health care products. Any pharmaceutical or medical device sold in Japan must be approved by the PMDA, a Japanese national regulatory agency similar to the US FDA. We will discuss foreign entry into this market in Japan and practical considerations for dealing with the PMDA with Ariel Weber, who served as a full-time staff member for three years at the PMDA.

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