The EU and Japan are like-minded partners who share the same values and are united in their response to Russia’s illegal aggression against Ukraine, and notably in their sanctions against Russia and Belarus.
In the context of current geopolitical challenges, both sides held a strategic exchange, in particular on the topics of economic security and cooperation with the Global South.
The Joint Committee acknowledged the key role of the EPA in fostering bilateral trade flows and making them resilient: after quickly catching up to pre-pandemic levels in 2021 (€124 billion), in 2022 bilateral trade flows increased by 13.4% to €140.6 billion. Both sides discussed areas where market access could be improved, such as the import conditions in Japan for certain categories of EU agricultural products.
Moreover, they agreed on the importance of accelerating the negotiations on the data flow provisions to be included in the EPA. Free flow of data between the EU and Japan is an essential element for businesses, and it represents a major deliverable under the EU Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, and in the Digital Partnership with Japan.
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- 4 April 2023
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