Japan-EU EPA seminars in three cities in Europe
From March 12 to 14, 2014, JETRO held seminars in three cities in Europe, Frankfurt and Berlin in Germany and Paris in France, under the theme of the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) in commemoration of the first anniversary since the start of negotiations for the EPA last April. Aiming to enhance understanding about this agreement by related parties in both Japan and Europe, the seminars were organized with the cooperation of the Japanese-German Business Association (DJW), the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and la Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de région Paris - Île-de-France (CCI Paris Île-de-France) for each city, respectively.
Speakers for these seminars included from Japan, Director-General of the Multilateral Trade System Department Shigehiro Tanaka from the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (Berlin and Paris) and Professor Yorizumi Watanabe from the Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University (Frankfurt, Berlin and Paris). From Europe, Head of Unit Far East Peter Berz of the European Commission (Berlin), Deputy Director of the Department External Trade Policy Knut Brünjes of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (Berlin) and President Pierre-Antoine Gailly of CCI Paris Île-de-France (Paris). Active discussions were made with these speakers who provided their own individual views regarding the economic partnership between Japan and the EU and significance of the EPA.
Executive Vice President Tadayuki Nagashima of JETRO, in his welcome remarks on behalf of the organizers at the beginning of each seminar, stated that as building a business friendly environment became increasingly important, the Japan-EU EPA will be positioned as a platform for both Japan and Europe to build an appropriate investment environment in each region and accelerate investment exchange.