Japan | Brussels, 29 April 2015
EU and Japan held a constructive 10th round of FTA negotiations
The EU and Japan held the 10th round of FTA talks in Tokyo from 22 to 29 April. The round focused on further consolidation of the negotiating texts.
The two negotiating teams, led by the European Commission Deputy Director General for Trade, Mauro Petriccione, and the Japanese Deputy Minister for foreign affairs Yasumasa Nagamine, discussed most of the areas to be included in the future free trade agreement, such as: tariffs, public procurement, railways, services, investment, competition, rules of origin, customs and trade facilitation, intellectual property rights, including geographical indications, dispute settlement, trade and sustainable development, sanitary and phytosanitary issues.
The two negotiating teams explored possibilities for advancing on a number of complex issues and showed a lot of flexibility.
This is the last round before the EU-Japan Summit in May and it is expected that further positive developments will be announced at the Summit. The next 11th round of FTA talks is scheduled to take place in Brussels before the summer break.