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EU and Japan agree a historic free and fair trade deal!
☀ Leaders reached a political agreement in principle on two landmark agreements, the Economic Partnership Agreement and the Strategic Partnership Agreement, which will bring huge benefits to the populations of both the European Union and Japan
☀ The depth of this agreement goes beyond free trade. It makes a statement about the future of open and fair trade in today’s world. It sets the standard for others. As far as we are concerned, there is no protection in protectionism. Only by working together will we be able to set global standards when it comes to safety, environmental or consumer protection said the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.
☀ Before attending the G20 Hamburg Summit tomorrow EU and Japan discussed their cooperation in other important areas, including on joint efforts to address the global threat of climate change and other international challenges.
Leaders give green light to landmark economic and strategic partnership agreements
Brussels, 6 July 2017 – Leaders reached a political agreement in principle on two landmark agreements, the Economic Partnership Agreement and the Strategic Partnership Agreement, which will bring huge benefits to the populations of both the European Union and Japan and represents a significant step in our relations.
At the 24th Summit between the European Union and Japan, held today in Brussels, leaders reached a political agreement in principle on two landmark agreements, the Economic Partnership Agreement and the Strategic Partnership Agreement, which will bring huge benefits to the populations of both the European Union and Japan and represents a significant step in our relations.
“Today we agreed in principle on a future Economic Partnership Agreement. The depth of this agreement goes beyond free trade. Its impact goes far beyond our shores. It makes a statement about the future of open and fair trade in today’s world. It sets the standard for others,” said the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker. “As far as we are concerned, there is no protection in protectionism. Only by working together will we be able to set global standards when it comes to safety, environmental or consumer protection.”
The Economic Partnership Agreement will bring economic growth and jobs
The Economic Partnership agreement between the European Union and Japan will be the most important bilateral trade agreement ever concluded by the European Union and as such will for the first time include a specific commitment to the Paris climate agreement. For the EU and its Member States, it will remove the vast majority of duties paid by EU companies, which sum up to €1 billion annually, will open the Japanese market to key EU agricultural exports and will increase opportunities in a range of sectors. It follows the highest standards of labour, environmental and consumer protection and has a dedicated chapter on sustainable development. It also builds on and reinforces the high standards for the protection of personal data that both, the EU and Japan, have recently entrenched in their data protection laws.
A stronger, more strategic partnership
Once in force, the Strategic Partnership Agreement will provide a legally binding framework for cooperation between the European Union and Japan, and will provide strategic direction and coherence our existing and future common work. The Agreement will allow the EU and Japan to strengthen the existing, successful cooperation across a wide range of sectors and also open up cooperation in new areas. The Agreement covers bilateral issues but also regional and global challenges including climate change, security, disaster relief, science, technology and innovation, environment and energy.
At the Summit, leaders discussed bilateral issues, including measures to strengthen the EU-Japan partnership on security,and cooperation in the fields of energy, science and technology and development. A Memorandum of Cooperation between the EU and Japan on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) has been initiated and will be signed by Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete and Mr Hiroshige Seko, Japanese Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry on 11 July in Brussels. As the EU and Japan taken together account for nearly 50% of overall global LNG consumption, reinforced cooperation between the EU and Japan will promote the liquidity, flexibility and transparency of the global LNG market.
Since January 2017, the EU and Japan have been in a dialogue to promote high data protection standards. The aim is to bridge data protection laws through a so called “adequacy decision”. Earlier this week Commissioner Jourová took stock of progress in this dialogue with Japanese data protection Commissioner Haruhi Kumazawa. Today, President Juncker and Prime Minister Abe issued 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.
President Juncker, President Tusk and Prime Minister Abe have also issued a joint statement on North Korea, in light of North Korea’s continued nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches, including the recent launch of a ballistic missile of possible intercontinental range, in flagrant violation of multiple UN Security Council Resolutions.
Among regional and foreign policy issues, leaders addressed recent developments in EU’s and Japan’s respective neighborhoods, including Ukraine, Syria, as well as in the East and South China seas.Leaders also discussed the shared commitment to strengthen cooperation on global issues, such as climate change, migration and refugee crisis and the fight against terrorism. The Summit confirmed EU-Japan support to multilateral institutions, rules-based international order, global prosperity, security and stability and free and fair trade.
Statement following the 24th EU-Japan Summit, Brussels,
6 July 2017 – Mr. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, and Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, met in Brussels today for the 24th Summit between the European Union (EU) and Japan and issued the following statement.
We, the leaders of the EU and Japan, met today in Brussels to reaffirm the strength of our Strategic Partnership and to demonstrate our resolve to work together for peace, prosperity and a rules-based international order. We remain united by our common values of democracy and the rule of law and by our determination to promote together an open and fair global economy that benefits everyone. These are the foundations of our political and economic Strategic Partnership for peace, prosperity and a rules-based international order – serving to unite us bilaterally and also to make us stronger internationally.
Today marks the beginning of a new chapter in the Strategic Partnership between the EU and Japan as we celebrate the agreement in principle of the Economic Partnership Agreement and the Strategic Partnership Agreement at political level.
The highly ambitious and comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement will consolidate our solid and evolving trade and economic partnership and pave the way for the future. It will bring our two economies closer by addressing issues related to market access for goods, services and investment, procurement including railways, as well as those related to non-tariff measures and the protection of geographical indications as well as intellectual property rights. This agreement will allow us to renew and strengthen our joint commitment to international standards for an even closer cooperation in the future. At the same time, with this agreement in principle of the Economic Partnership Agreement, Europe and Japan demonstrate to the world – and to our citizens – that free trade, with clear and transparent rules fully respecting and enhancing our values, remains an important tool to promote prosperity in our societies. The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement will constitute the basis for a strategic partnership for free and fair trade, against protectionism.
We tasked our respective negotiating teams with a rapid finalisation of the agreement that would allow for the internal procedures to start soon, both in the EU and in Japan.
With shared responsibility for achieving peace, stability and prosperity of the world, Japan and the EU also reached agreement in principle of the Strategic Partnership Agreement. This will provide a framework for an even deeper and more strategic EU-Japan cooperation that enables our partnership to grow and to face new types of challenges.
At a time where the rules-based international order is under increasing pressure, the Economic Partnership Agreement and the Strategic Partnership Agreement recapture the shared values and common principles that form the foundation of the EU-Japan partnership, including human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
We took the opportunity before attending the G20 Hamburg Summit tomorrow to discuss our cooperation in other important areas, including on our joint efforts to address the global threat of climate change and other international challenges.
Statement by Prime Minister Abe, President Tusk and President Juncker on North Korea,
6 July 2017 – We share the view that North Korea, a top priority on the international agenda, increasingly poses a new level of threat to international peace and security. We are seriously concerned with and condemn in the strongest terms North Korea’s continued nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches, including the recent launch of a ballistic missile of possible intercontinental range, in flagrant violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions. We stand ready to strengthen measures aimed at further restricting the transfer of relevant items and technologies and funding for North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes and, to that end, we call for the early adoption of a new and comprehensive UN Security Council Resolution. We strongly call on the international community to redouble its efforts to ensure the sustained, comprehensive and thorough implementation of all relevant UN Security Council Resolutions.
North Korea must refrain from any further provocations that further increase regional and international tensions. We call on North Korea to immediately and fully comply with its international obligations under all relevant UN Security Council resolutions, as well as the 2005 Joint Statement of the Six-Party Talks and thus abandon all nuclear, other weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programmes and to engage in actions for credible dialogue with the international community that pursues the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.
North Korea must further promptly address the international community’s humanitarian and human rights concerns, including through speedily resolving the abductions’ issue.
Remarks by President Donald Tusk at the press conference of the EU-Japan summit in Brussels
Dear Prime Minister, dear Shinzo, dear Jean-Claude, I am very happy to welcome you in Brussels today for our extraordinary EU-Japan Summit. Actually, we planned this some time ago, when we promised to do everything in our power to conclude political and trade talks between Japan and the European Union on the eve of the G20 summit. And we did it.
Please let me refer briefly to the political context. Less than two weeks ago, here in Brussels, European leaders discussed how to defend ourselves against unfair trade practices. How to reconcile free trade and fair trade. Of course, we were not thinking about Japan or the ongoing negotiations. But bearing in mind the fears and anxieties of our people, which are often justified, we made decisions about how to improve our trade defence instruments. Not to cut Europe off from the rest of the world, but to be able to conduct effective trade. Because we, as the European Union, firmly believe in the political purpose of a world which is built on openness, cooperation and trade.
In the context of the discussion about Brexit, we have heard statements claiming that it isn’t worth being in the European Union, as it is easier to do global trade outside of the EU. Today we have shown that this is not true. The EU is more and more engaged globally. And ahead of the EU are negotiations with Mercosur countries, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia and others.
Although some are saying that the time of isolationism and disintegration is coming again, we are demonstrating that this is not the case. That the world really doesn’t need to go a hundred years back in time. Quite the opposite. It doesn’t have to be so. As we are proving with Japan. And do you know why this agreement was possible? Because it’s not just about common trade interests. It is, above all, about the shared values that underpin our societies, by which I mean liberal democracy, human rights and the rule of law. This basis of shared values, which we not only respect, but which – in accordance with the Strategic Partnership Agreement – we have committed to promote, has allowed us to conclude these negotiations. And most importantly, no-one lost.
Let me also thank Jean-Claude and his team, as well as the Japanese negotiators, for their excellent work. Congratulations, well done!
Finally, let me focus on North Korea. Today, we agreed to call on the international community to strengthen measures aimed at further restricting the transfer of relevant items and technologies, as well as funding, for North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. In this regard we appeal for the early adoption of a new and comprehensive UN Security Council Resolution.