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Japan | Brussels, 10 April 2017

EU and Japan conclude 18th round of trade talks

The 18th round of negotiations between the EU and Japan took place in Tokyo on 3-5 April 2017. This was the first round of negotiation held since the leaders meeting of 21 March 2017 between President Juncker, President Tusk and Prime Minister Abe during which they all reconfirmed their commitment to conclude the negotiations as early as possible.

Work progressed in a constructive atmosphere, with both sides working with a renewed sense of urgency in order to respect the objective set by the leaders to conclude as soon as possible in 2017. All issues to be covered by the agreement were discussed, including the market access for goods and services.

The aims of the negotiations are to strengthen our partnership with our closest ally in Asia and make it easier for European exporters to sell their products and services to a wealthy market of almost 130 million people.

The EU exports over €80bn of goods and services to Japan every year. More than 600,000 jobs in the EU are linked to exports to Japan. Japanese companies employ more than half a million people and form an integral part of the EU’s economy.
 

EU-Japan trade relations