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In brief: G7/ EU Japan FTA

G7 nations are meeting in Taormina, Sicily, amidst high political tensions between the US and European countries, in particular Germany. Common ground on trade will be difficult to find. The EU and Japan are trying to advance their own free trade agenda in parallel.   The trade tensions with the US are likely to …


Japan-EU Bonn meet yields no breakthrough in FTA talks

EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström and Japan’s foreign minister Fumio Kishida held a meeting in Bonn, Germany, today, taking stock of ongoing free trade agreement talks as these appear to have stumbled.   As previously reported by us, the more than three-year old trade negotiations with Japan have stuttered in …


EU still seeking Japan ‘operational safety clause’ concession in railway procurement

The EU and Japan are seeking to restart FTA negotiations this month, after end-of-year consultations last December led negotiators to conclude that the time was not ripe for the sealing of a deal that has been under negotiation since 2013. Among the various matters outstanding is public procurement.   Since the very beginning, …