The 16th annual EU-Japan Business Round Table (BRT) meeting took place at the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo on 08 & 09 April and was chaired by Mr. Hiromasa Yonekura, Chairman and CEO of Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd., and Mr. Fabrice Brégier, President and CEO of Airbus S.A.S.
For documents from the meeting; for details of the submission of the 2014 Recommendations to PM Shinzo Abe; for the reference to the BRT in the Joint Press Statement issued by the EU and Japanese Authorities following the 22nd EU-Japan Summit; and for other material relating to the 2014 BRT, click here.
The BRT Members (CEOs / senior executives from leading EU and Japanese firms) had the pleasure and honour of welcoming high-level representatives of the Japanese and EU Authorities. The meeting included updates on the negotiations for an EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement (FTA) / Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA); the adoption of general and sectoral recommendations; discussions on the New Industrial Revolution in relations to sustainability and important business themes for the EU and Japan in the post FTA/EPA era; and discussions with the Japanese and EU Authorities.
The BRT Members agreed to submit their joint recommendations to European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe.
For information relating to previous BRT meetings, please consult the BRT archive.
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.
For more information about the activities of the BRT, please see the "About the BRT" page.