Annual Meeting 2009

"Securing stability in difficult economic times"

The 11th annual meeting of the EU-Japan Business Round Table (BRT) was held at the Palais d’Égmont in Brussels on 6 & 7 July 2009.

The meeting was co-chaired by Georges Jacobs (Delhaize Group & UCB) & Hajime Sasaki (NEC). The meeting theme was "Securing stability in difficult economic times".

During the meeting the BRT co-Chairmen submitted the BRT’s Recommendations to the EU and Japanese Authorities (European Commission, Swedish EU Presidency and to the Japanese Ministries of Economy, Trade & Industry and of Foreign Affairs).


Topics discussed

The meeting agenda included:

  • Short Reports by Working Party Leaders
  • Private sector discussions on:
    • The effects of the financial crisis: an overview (with guest speakers from the Asian Development Bank and National Bank of Belgium, ECB)
    • The financial crisis: what does it mean for companies?
    • How can the EU and Japan address common challenges?
  • Joint Session with Representatives of the Japanese and EU Authorities (including Günther Verheugen – Vice-President, European Commission; Yoshifumi Matsumura - Parliamentary Vice-Minister, Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry of Japan; and Yasutoshi Nishimura - Parliamentary Vice-Minister, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Japan)
  • Press Conference

At the end of the meeting, Georges Jacobs stood down as Chairman of the EU-side of the BRT. He was succeeded by Jean-Yves Legall (Arianespace).


Documents from the 2009 annual meeting

Various documents are available from the 06 & 07 July 2009 annual meeting: