To announce a political agreement on the EU – Japan free trade agreement and the Strategic partnership agreement
☯ The EU-Japan summit will take place on 6 July in Brussels. At the summit, leaders are expected to announce a political agreement on the EU-Japan free trade agreement and the EU-Japan strategic partnership agreement.
☯ EU and Japan leaders are expected to announce a political agreement on the EU-Japan free trade agreement and the EU-Japan strategic partnership agreement.
☯ Leaders will discuss measures to strengthen the EU-Japan partnership on security. Ongoing cooperation on counter-terrorism will be intensified, focussing on capacity building with third countries, tackling terrorism financing and foreign terrorist fighters. Leaders will also discuss cooperation in the fields of energy, science and technology, development, import restrictions and data protection.
☯ Leaders will stress their commitment to promote an open and fair global economy and refrain from all forms of protectionism. EU and Japan leaders will highlight their commitment to the full implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate. They will also reaffirm their commitment to strengthen their cooperation on migration issues.
☯ Leaders will address recent developments in EU’s and Japan’s respective neighbourhoods, including the situation in the Korean peninsula. Leaders will also discuss the situation in Ukraine, Syria, as well as in the East and South China seas.
EU – Japan Summit
Brussels, 6 July 2017
The 24th bilateral summit between the European Union and Japan will take place on 6 July in Brussels. At the summit, leaders are expected to announce a political agreement on the EU-Japan free trade agreement (FTA) and the EU-Japan strategic partnership agreement (SPA).
The EU will be represented by Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and by Jean- Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. Japan will be represented by Prime Minister Shinzō Abe. The Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström will also be present.
The summit, taking place at the Europa Building, will start at 11:00 with a plenary session devoted to both bilateral and global issues. Apart from the progress achieved on EU-Japan FTA and SPA, leaders are expected to discuss bilateral cooperation on security, counter-terrorism and safety, among other areas. Discussions on global affairs will focus on the world economy, climate change and migration.
Over a working lunch. Leaders will touch upon regional and international issues, such as the situation in Ukraine and relations with Russia, Syria, the Middle East, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and China.
Conclusion of the FTA and SPA negotiations
This summit will mark a milestone in relations between the EU and Japan as leaders are expected to announce the conclusion at political level of the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) and Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations. Next steps will need to be agreed for the finalisation of the negotiations at the technical level.
Leaders will also discuss specific measures to enhance the EU-Japan partnership on security, including on crisis management. Ongoing cooperation on counter-terrorism will be intensified, with a focus on coordination of capacity building with third states, fighting terrorism financing and addressing the issue of foreign terrorist fighters.
Other areas of cooperation will also be touched upon, such as energy, science and technology, development, import restrictions and data protection.
The summit will also be an opportunity for Japan and the EU to reaffirm their shared values, their commitment to a rules-based international order and their determination to promote an open and fair global economy that benefits everyone.
Leaders will restate their engagement to keep the global economy open and refrain from all forms of protectionism. Both sides are expected to continue discussing structural reforms and fiscal strategies in the bilateral economic dialogues.
EU and Japan leaders will highlight their commitment to the full implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate, including the goal of developed countries to mobilize 100 billion US dollars annually by 2020 for climate action in developing countries.
As both sides recognize that large scale movements of migrants and refugees are a global challenge which requires a global solution, they will express their willingness to continue working together and strengthen their cooperation in this area.
Regional and foreign policy issues
Recent developments in the EU’s and Japan’s respective neighbourhoods will be on the agenda. In this context, leaders will discuss the situation in Ukraine and call on all parties to fully implement the Minsk agreements.
The summit should also reaffirm the shared interest in promoting peace and security from East and South China seas to the conflicts in Syria and the wider Middle East. On Syria, leaders are expected to call for a credible political transition and the implementation of a real ceasefire and to express their support for the UN-led negotiations in Geneva.
The situation in the Korean peninsula will also be addressed, with both sides urging the DPRK to comply with all the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and to reengage in a credible and meaningful dialogue with the international community.