29th May, At the occasion of the 23rd Bilateral EU-Japan Summit, the EU agri-food chain organisations call for an ambitious trade deal between EU and Japan. June 01, 2015

As negotiators met on 29th May 2015 for the 23rd Bilateral EU-Japan Summit in Tokyo, Copa-Cogeca, FoodDrinkEurope and CELCAA called for an ambitious trade deal to be struck between the EU and Japan.     The agri-food chain partners believe a comprehensive trade deal would have a significant positive impact on both economies by further opening markets and improving regulatory coherence. Changing Japanese eating habits presents a major opportunity for EU agri-food producers. Improving access for EU agri-food products would not only help EU operators take advantage of this market potential, but also strengthen the EU’s position vis-à-vis other major agri-food competitors.   

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”.

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