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Japan | Brussels, 27 May 2015

Trade Commissioner Malmström travelling to Japan

Commissioner Malmström is in Japan from 27 to 29 of May for a series of bilateral meetings and the EU-Japan summit.

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström is in Japan from 27 to 29 of May to attend the EU-Japan Summit. The Commissioner is part of a delegation led by Presidents Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk and joined by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini. The first two days, Commissioner Malmström is scheduled to meet Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yoichi Miyazawa, and other Ministers responsible for policy areas being discussed in the negotiations for a free trade Agreement between the EU and Japan. In addition, Commissioner Cecilia Malmström will deliver a speech to members of the Keidanren, Japan's main industry federation. On 29 May she will attend the EU-Japan Summit and a working dinner hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

This visit will be an occasion to take stock of the ongoing EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations and see how to take them forward.

Ahead of her departure, Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said:
"I look forward to a fruitful exchange of views in Japan to give a push to our negotiations. If we are to finalise these negotiations in the near future, we need to accelerate the pace of the talks."

She added:
"I would like to see the positive impacts of this free-trade deal on our economies soon, but that does not mean that we should scale down our ambition. Only an ambitious, far-reaching deal will deliver the kind of boost for our economies that both sides are looking for."

The EU and Japan have already held 10 rounds of Free Trade Agreement talks, the last one in Tokyo on 22-29 April. The next round will most likely take place during the week of 6 July. The EU aims for a comprehensive agreement, with ambitious provisions on, amongst others, trade in goods, public procurement, services, investment, and geographical indications.

Photos from bilateral meetings

27/05 meeting with Japenese FM Kishida and working dinner

Speech delivered by Commissioner Malmström.

EU relations with Japan