16th BRT Annual Meeting – Tokyo, 08 & 09 April 2014:
The 16th annual EU-Japan Business Round Table (BRT) meeting took place in Tokyo on 08 & 09 April and was co-chaired by Hiromasa Yonekura (Chairman, Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.) and by Fabrice Brégier (President & CEO, Airbus S.A.S.).
For the press release, click here. The summary of recommendations and recommendations by working-party are also available, together with a list of recommendations from the 2013 BRT that have seen significant progress and a summary of this year's discussions.
Following the meeting the out-going Japan-side Chairman, Hiromasa Yonekura, the in-coming Japan-side Chairman, Kazuo Tsukuda (Senior Executive Adviser, MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, Ltd.) and the EU-side Chairman, Fabrice Brégier submitted the 2014 BRT Recommendations to Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan:
09 April 2014: Mr Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan receives the 2014 Joint Recommendations from BRT Co-Chairmen Hiromasa Yonekura and Fabrice Brégier.
09 April 2014: Mr Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan addresses representatives of the BRT and of the EU and Japanese Authorities at the handover of the 2014 BRT Joint Recommendations.
A statement about the handover is available on the official website of the Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet as is a video recording of part of the handover.
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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.
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 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan.
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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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".