The 17th EU-Japan Business Round Table (BRT) meeting took place at the Palais d'Egmont, Brussels on 27 and 28 April and was chaired by Messrs Fabrice Brégier (President & CEO, Airbus S.A.S.) and Kazuo Tsukuda (Senior Executive Adviser, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.).
On 29 April, Mr Tsukuda and Markus Beyrer hand-delivered the BRT's 2015 Recommendations to European Commission President Juncker.
On 18 May, Mr Tsukuda and Danny Risberg hand-delivered the BRT's Recommendations to PM Abe.
On 29 May at the EU-Japan Summit, Messrs Shinzo Abe (Prime Minister of Japan), Donald Tusk (President of the European Council), and Jean-Claude Juncker (President of the European Commission) issued a joint statement part of which acknowledged the BRT and its work.
Details and documents from the annual meeting, from both 'handovers' and from the EU-Japan Summit can be found here.
European Commission President Juncker greets BRT co-Chairman Kazuo Tsukuda (29/04/2015)
The BRT aerial photo, rotating photos at the top of this page and the Juncker handover photo are © Damienne de Harlez
BRT Member Danny Risberg, BRT co-Chairman Kazuo Tsukuda, PM Shinzo Abe and Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yoshihiro Seki at the handover (18/05/2015)
© Seiichi Iwao
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.