The European Union and Japan are preparing to start negotiating a free trade agreement.

last update: August 2012


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  • 2-Jun-2015 EU Bulletin EU-Japan FTA: Basic agreement to be reached by end 2015
    Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, European Council President Donald Tusk, and EU President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed last Friday (29 May) to accelerate negotiations over a long-deadlocked Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and Japan.
  • 29-Apr-2015 MENAFN Japan, EU remain apart in FTA talks
    The two sides ended their latest round of free trade talks without narrowing their differences on key issues, reports Japan’s NHK.
  • 3-Mar-2015 European Commission EU-Japan 9th round of trade talks further consolidates negotiation texts
    The 9th round of EU-Japan FTA talks took place from 23-27 February in Brussels. The meetings focused on further consolidation of the negotiating texts.
  • 12-Dec-2014 Kyodo FTA talks stall over European access to gas, electricity markets
    Japan and the European Union struggled to bridge gaps over the opening up of Japan’s electricity and gas markets, one of Europe’s key interests, during a round of free-trade talks that ended Friday.
  • 9-Dec-2014 Jiji Press Japan, EU begin 8th round of EPA talks
    Japan and the European Union began five-day talks in Tokyo on Monday on concluding an economic partnership agreement for free trade.
  • 7-Nov-2014 TNI EU-Japan FTA - open Letter to Commissioner Karel de Gucht
    In an open letter Japanese & European groups call for transparency in the EU-Japan trade talks and removing the Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanism (ISDS) from the Free Trade Agreement (FTA)
  • 21-Oct-2014 Global Rail News EU to exempt JR companies from world trade rules
    The European Union has agreed to omit three of Japan’s biggest rail companies from a trade agreement at the WTO in the hope that it will open up the Japanese market to European suppliers under a possible bilateral FTA.
  • 10-Oct-2014 Parliament Magazine INTA debates EU-Japan trade
    The European Commission made it very clear that it would be difficult to see the end of negotiations if nothing happens in terms of taxation of cars in Japan.
  • 7-Jul-2014 Kyodo Japan-EU free trade talks enter sixth round
    Tariff cuts and the opening of the Japanese railway sector are expected to be at the heart of the sixth round of free trade talks with the European Union that began Monday in Tokyo.
  • 27-Jun-2014 AFP EU clears next round of Japan trade talks
    The European Commission said today talks on a massive free trade agreement with Japan will resume next week in Tokyo after a review judged sufficient progress had been made so far.
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