12 Oct 2018

European Business Calls for Swift Ratification of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement

The European business organisations, signatories of this statement, hereby reiterate their strong support for the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), and call on the European Parliament to proceed with a swift ratification process, following the signature of the Agreement on 17 July 2018. This will allow both businesses and consumers as a whole to reap the benefits of this modern, comprehensive and balanced Agreement.

Japan and the EU are two like-minded and highly developed economies with a similar approach to today’s challenges (i.e. aging population, security, environment) and long-standing trade and investment links. Trade in goods and services between Japan and the EU exceeds 160 billion euro per year, and bilateral exports are estimated to increase by 29% for Japan and 34% for the EU.

€160 billion

Trade in goods and services between Japan and the EU

While the international community is witnessing a rise in protectionist measures across the world, the EU and Japan have, on numerous occasions, repeatedly sent positive signals by confirming their strong commitment to free and fair trade at both the multilateral and the bilateral level.

Our European business organisations here represented are convinced that the ratification of this Agreement will further reinforce the existing strategic collaboration, notably by creating a trade zone of 600 million people covering a third of global GDP, and by paving the way to shape together tomorrow’s international rules.

We stand strong behind this Agreement as it will deliver many benefits, such as:

  • contributing to advancing both the social and economic agenda and thereby improving the quality of
    peoples’ lives in the EU and in Japan;
  • ensuring economic predictability, a valuable tool of particular strategic importance in times when
    rules-based trade and cooperation is challenged;
  • enabling a level playing field between both partners, with a whole new range of commercial
    opportunities for European and Japanese consumers and companies alike;
  • removing almost all tariffs on goods, opening up services and public procurement markets and
    creating common rules for bilateral trade;
  • guaranteeing and protecting geographical indications and intellectual property rights;
  • facilitating services and investment flows;
  • fostering collaboration by means of common R&D, new channels of regulatory cooperation,
    coherence and standardisation.

The Japan-EU EPA represents a thorough Agreement reflecting the shared interest and high-standard rules of two well-developed and value-based economies. We call on the European Parliament to endorse this high-standard Agreement to allow for its rapid final ratification. We also call on the European Parliament to carefully monitor the implementation of the Agreement to ensure that it delivers on its promises and that long-standing issues are solved.

For more information, please contact:
Back to Digital trade
View the complete
Our resources on Digital trade
06 Mar 2024 resource
DIGITALEUROPE’s response to the Joint European Supervisory Authorities’ public consultation on the second batch of policy mandates under DORA
28 Feb 2024 resource
Elevating EU innovation through strategic investments and collaboration
20 Feb 2024 Position Paper
DIGITALEUROPE Executive Council for Health’s recommendations for EU digital health policy (2024-29)
Hit enter to search or ESC to close
This website uses cookies
We use cookies and similar techonologies to adjust your preferences, analyze traffic and measure the effectiveness of campaigns. You consent to the use of our cookies by continuing to browse this website.