First round of trade talks with Japan - The FTA calls for ambitious negotiations


The first round of trade negotiations between EU and Japan takes place from 15 to 19 April 2013. A free trade agreement would improve the economic environment for European trading companies in Japan and ease mutual exchange of goods. Given the numerous obstacles existing in Japan today, Tokyo should demonstrate good will and stick to its commitment to dismantle technical and regulatory obstacles to trade already during the negotiation process. Both EU and Japan would benefit from a deepened relationships in order to boost the growth of both economies.

With regard to the numerous barriers, the FTA supports ambitious trade negotiations which should lead to an agreement removing behind-the-border obstacles and eliminating quotas and tariffs on both sides. Negotiations for a free trade agreement with Japan should therefore be steered by clear principles and a stringent timeline.

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