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Annual Meeting 2019

"The EU & Japan - Acting together in a global world"

The 21st Annual Meeting of the EU-Japan Business Round Table took place at the Palais d'Egmont in Brussels on Wednesday 15th May. 

To see how the BRT was covered on Twitter, LinkedIn and by the media, see the 2019 cuttings page.

Entitled, The EU & Japan - Acting together in a global world, it addressed a wide range of topics and featured discussions with 4 European Commissioners, 2 Parliamentary Vice Ministers from Japan and 4 Directors-General from the European Commission and Japan:

 

Helping SMEs take advantage of the EPA
Akimasa Ishikawa (Japanese Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry) and Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs took part in the BRT's SME discussion.

This session was livestreamed and recorded by the Europe by Satellite service and is available for viewing again.

Keynote addresses:
European Commission Vice-President, Jyrki Katainen delivered the keynote address for the European Commission entitled, "EU-Japan overall economic cooperation in a challenging global environment". Kenji Yamada, Japanese Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, gave the keynote address on behalf of the Government of Japan.

This session was livestreamed and recorded by the Europe by Satellite service and is available for viewing again.

Advancing regulatory cooperation, free trade, WTO reform, untying market distorting measures:
Akimasa Ishikawa, Japanese Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry and Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Trade addressed a wide range of trade issues.

This session was livestreamed and recorded by the Europe by Satellite service and is available for viewing again.

 

Developing the EU-Japan agri-food industry:
Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development led the discussion of agri-food issues.

This session was livestreamed and recorded by the Europe by Satellite service and is available for viewing again.

 

 Other topics discussed at the meeting included:

  • Future EU-Japan Cooperation on Climate Issues, Innovation, and Sustainable Finance for Growth
  • Digital Economy - IoT, AI, data governance, eHealth, 5G & networks
  • The UK Withdrawal from the EU (Brexit)
  • Bilateral Investment / Investment Cooperation in Third Countries
  • Quality infrastructure investment and international initiatives as the foundations for sustainable growth
  • Circular Economy, SDGs - climate, environment, social 

 

Documents from the 2019 annual meeting

Various documents are available from the 15 May 2019 annual meeting:

The Agenda for the Day List of Members  
 
       
Summary of Recommendations     
       
       
Recommendations and presentations by the BRT's 4 Working Parties
Working Party 1 Working Party 2
       
Working Party 3 Working Party 4
   
       
Presentations from different sessions  
Bilateral Investment / Investment Cooperation in Third Countries
       
       
Helping SMEs take advantage of the EU-Japan EPA
     
       
Circular Economy, SDGs
ANA AVATAR video  
       
Advancing regulatory cooperation, free trade, WTO reform, untying market distorting measures
     
       
Developing the EU-Japan agri-food industry
     


Handover of the BRT's 2019 Recommendations

During the meeting, the Recommendations were submitted to European Commission Vice-President Katainen who received them on behalf of European Commission President Juncker.

A video recording of the handover is available (© European Union, 2019).

 

All photos © Imaginyou/E.Charneux.

All videos © European Union, 2019. To access different versions of the recordings (high-resolution or audio only) please see the EbS webpage (and scroll down to 14:30).

 

Media and social media coverage

To see how the BRT was covered on Twitter, LinkedIn and by the media, please see the 2019 cuttings page.

The European Commission daily Midday Express briefing issued a statement linking the BRT, the EU-Japan EPA and the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation (the BRT's Secretariat):