01.07.2014: CELCAA welcomes the continuation of the EU-Japan FTA negotiations August 21, 2014

CELCAA, Copa-Cogeca and Food Drink Europe welcome last week's decision by the Member States to continue the negotiations of the Free Trade Agreement with Japan.  

Copa-Cogeca, FoodDrinkEurope and CELCAA welcome last week's decision by the Member States to continue the negotiations of the Free Trade Agreement with Japan.  The EU agri-food chain partners are pleased that the negotiations have received the go-ahead.  They are certain that this Agreement will have a significant positive impact on both our economies by further opening markets and improving regulatory coherence. The next round of negotiations will be held in Tokyo from 7 - 11 July 2014.

Press release is available here

For information:

In 2012 and 2013 EU food chain organisations’ made first joint statements in favour of an FTA with Japan. See:            http://www.fooddrinkeurope.eu/uploads/statements_documents/Joint_statement.pdf

http://www.fooddrinkeurope.eu/uploads/statements_documents/Joint_statement_EU-Japan_Summit_%28agri-food%29_%28FINAL%29.pdf


CELCAA Secretary-General, Pascale Rouhier, said “From the start, the EU agri-food chain has been a strong supporter of an ambitious EU-Japan FTA. I hope that expectations from the sector will be met in terms of tariffs elimination, and the removal of non-tariff barriers impacting EU exports. We also welcome the fact that Japan has agreed to recognise the EU system of Geographical Indications (GIs) to protect our agri-food products from imitations. Such a deal could result in a significant increase in our exports of high-value added products to Japan”.

Press release is available here