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EU-Japan: The FTA advocates in favour of an early launch of negotiations

21 September 2012

In a Joined Statement, signed by 10 European business organisations, representing a wide range of industry and service sectors, FTA strongly calls upon the EU and Japan to launch the negotiations for a deep and comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (FTA) as soon as possible.

The EU and Japan consider launching talks for a free trade agreement and have already concluded pre-negotiations. However, some Member States and some members of the European Parliament have expressed hesitations to authorise the start of trade talks.

In their Joined Statement, FTA and the other business organisations underline how vital the EU and Japan economic relations are for European companies. The European links with Japan extend beyond import/export to include alliances and partnerships in supply chains, joint research projects and direct investments. An FTA will deliver significant economic benefits and contribute to the development of both the EU and Japan. The Joint Statement has been sent to key members of the European Parliament as well as to the trade representative of each EU Member State.

Read the full Joint Statement here