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China, Japan week – and others

The Commission is working through its trade agreements amidst heavy headwinds.   A ministerial meeting on the Environmental Goods Agreement in Geneva failed to deliver a deal this week-end. Whether other trade and investment projects will materialise is not clear….   Below, the key files to watch this week.   …


EU Japan FTA gives signs of life

There is movement behind the scenes on the EU Japan FTA, under negotiation since 2013.   Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet is reportedly gearing up work on the final steps to finalise the talks – which have hinged on final auto and agriculture issues. Now that the Diet in Tokyo ratified the TPP …

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Trump factor: Commission also sees opportunity to advance own trade agenda

Trade professionals in Brussels are shocked and depressed following the victory of trade-sceptic Donald Trump in the US elections. The flagship but fledgling transatlantic TTIP is seen as frozen, or dead, at least for the time being. But some also see opportunity in this dire situation.   The Transpacific Partnership Agreement …

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EU Japan FTA: Japanese music industry seeks more copyright protections

The Japan Council of Performers Rights and Performing Arts Organizations and the Recording Industry Association of Japan are lobbying for increased copyright protection in the EU Japan free trade agreement currently under negotiation.   Trade Commissioner Malmström is trying to placate them. In a letter to the organizations early October (7 …

Japan sets out post Brexit wish-list
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Japan sets out post Brexit wish-list

The Japanese government very unhappy the United Kingdom for its decision to leave the European Union after last June’s referendum to that end. Tokyo has asked both parties to keep the UK’s economy as highly integrated as possible with the Single Market in their forthcoming Brexit negotiations.   A frank and stern document released during the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China, …