16th BRT Annual Meeting – Tokyo, 08 & 09 April 2014:
The 16th annual EU-Japan Business Round Table (BRT) meeting will take place in Tokyo on 08 & 09 April. It will be co-chaired by Hiromasa Yonekura (Chairman, Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.) and by Fabrice Brégier (President & CEO, Airbus S.A.S.).
News - 19 November 2013
In the Joint Press Statement issued by Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and Mr. José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission at the end of the 21st Japan-EU Summit, the Summit leaders addressed the work of the BRT (paragraph 39 of the Statement):
Summit leaders recognised the important contribution of the Japan-EU Business Round Table (BRT) to the development of bilateral economic relationships, and reaffirmed their determination to continue cooperation with the business communities on both sides, notably through the BRT, in order to strengthen relations further. They welcomed the recommendations adopted by the BRT in April that stated that a deep and comprehensive Japan-EU EPA/FTA should be completed as early as possible, recognizing that the BRT "reiterates its call that the resulting EU-Japan FTA / EPA should be ambitious, balanced, mutually-beneficial, comprehensive, and tackle major outstanding issues", which include tariffs, non-tariff measures, procurement, investment, services, competition, IPR, regulatory cooperation including harmonisation and the mutual recognition of regulations and standards to boost Japan-EU trade and investment and promote job creation and economic growth in both economies.
News - 15 November 2013
The BRT submitted a Joint Statement to the EU and Japanese Authorities, entitled "Strengthening the EU-Japan Economic Partnership".
The 15th annual EU-Japan Business Round Table (BRT) meeting took place at the French Ministry of Foreign & European Affairs on 29 & 30 April. It was co-chaired by Jean-Yves Le Gall, President of CNES (Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales) and former Chairman & CEO of Arianespace, and Osamu Nagayama, Chairman and CEO of Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
At the meeting, the BRT Members (CEOs / senior executives from leading EU and Japanese firms) discussed and adopted general and sectoral recommendations to be submitted to the EU and Japanese Authorities. They held detailed discussions on the approaching negotiations on a deep and comprehensive Free Trade Agreement/Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan; on EU-Japan cooperation including business with/in emerging economies and on resources issues. The BRT also held a joint session with senior representatives of the Japanese and EU Authorities.
The EU-Japan Business Round Table (BRT) was established in its current form in 1999 to foster communication between the Japanese and European industries. Its members are senior executives from some 50 leading European and Japanese companies. Its main objectives are to submit recommendations to the Japanese and European Authorities so as to help develop trade and investment between the EU and Japan, and to encourage industrial cooperation in fields of common interest such as innovation, climate change, or industrial standards.
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