18th BRT Annual Meeting – Tokyo, 20 April 2016:"EU & JAPAN – TAKING STRIDES TOWARDS A COMMON SUSTAINABLE FUTURE"
The 2016 EU-Japan Business Round Table (BRT) Annual Meeting took place at the Hotel New Otani in Tokyo on 20 April 2016 with the theme of "Taking strides towards a common sustainable future". It was chaired by Messrs Kazuo Tsukuda (Senior Executive Adviser, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.) and Fabrice Brégier (President & CEO, Airbus S.A.S.).
At the end of the meeting, Fabrice Brégier stepped down as Chairman of the EU-side of the BRT and was succeeded by Eric Schulz, President – Civil Aerospace, Rolls-Royce.
As well as having high-level discussions with the EU and Japanese Authorities, the BRT Members discussed and adopted general and sectoral recommendations to the EU and Japanese Authorities and had detailed discussions on the EU-Japan FTA/EPA negotiations and regulatory cooperation; on the circular economy; and on improving the investment environment in the EU and Japan.
The meeting resolved to submit its joint recommendations to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, European Council President Donald Tusk, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
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Position Statement (also known as the "Summary of Recommendations")
Working Party Recommendations and Presentations
|WP1 - Trade Relations; Investment and Regulatory Cooperation; Financial Services, Accounting and Taxation|
|WP2 - Life Sciences & Biotechnology, Healthcare & Well-Being|
|WP 3 - Innovation, Information & Communication Technologies (ICT)|
|WP 4 - Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development|
|From the EU-Japan FTA/EPA and Regulatory Cooperation discussion|
|From the Circular Economy discussion|
|From the Improving the investment environment in the EU and Japan discussion|
High-level participants from the EU and Japanese Authorities
Mr. Junji Suzuki
|Mr. Yoji Muto
State Minister for Foreign Affairs
|Mr. Tsuneo Kitamura
Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
|Mr. Yasuo Sakamoto
Vice-Minister for Policy Coordination
Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska
|Mr. Antti Ilmari Peltomäki
Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
|Mr. Philippe Duponteil
Head of the Far East Unit
Directorate-General for Trade
|Mr. Jonathan Hatwell
Deputy Head of Delegation
Delegation of the European Union to Japan
On 21 April 2016, Kazuo Tsukuda (BRT Chairman, Japan side) and Fabrice Brégier (out-going BRT Chairman, EU side) led a delegation to submit the BRT's Recommendations to PM Shinzo Abe and to Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska who received them on behalf of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. For more details see the press release.
The handover was reported on the official Japanese Government website in English and in Japanese, together with a video recording and pictures from the meeting.
|Fabrice Brégier formally presents the BRT's 2016 Recommendations to PM Shinzo Abe||BRT co-Chairmen Kazuo Tsukuda and Fabrice Brégier with PM Shinzo Abe and European Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska|
|Handover photos © courtesy of Cabinet Secretariat, Cabinet Public Relations Office|
28/09/2016 - Eric Schulz (President – Civil Aerospace, Rolls-Royce), the in-coming Chairman of the BRT EU-side came to Brussels for meetings with the BRT's EU-side and with representatives of the EU Authorities including EC Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström.