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The EU and Japan's Economic Partnership Agreement entered into force on 1 February 2019.
EU firms already export nearly €70bn in goods and €28bn in services to Japan every year.
In the past European firms faced trade barriers when exporting to Japan, which sometimes made it hard for them to compete.
The trade agreement with Japan:
- removes tariffs and other trade barriers and creates a platform to cooperate in order to prevent obstacles to trade; and
- helps us shape global trade rules in line with our high standards and shared values, and;
- sends a powerful signal that two of the world's biggest economies reject protectionism.
About the agreement
The EU and Japan meet regularly to discuss issues and best practices when applying the agreement.
Negotiating reports, impact assessments, meetings with EU Member States, the European Parliament, and civil society
EU-Japan Trade in your town box
Today, the EU and Japan held their third High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED). The meeting centred on economic security following agreement to expand the scope of the dialogue.
Today, Executive Vice-President and Commissioner for Trade Valdis Dombrovskis and Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Yoshimasa Hayashi co-chaired the fourth meeting of the Joint Committee under the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
The European Commission welcomes Japan’s decision today to join the Multi-party Interim Appeal Arbitration Arrangement (MPIA), which is open to all World Trade Organization (WTO) members.