1. Bilateral cooperation
They welcomed the ideas generated by the symposium on the future of Japan-EU relations held in February 2010 in Brussels and attended by a wide range of civil society actors from both Japan and the EU.
Economy and trade
Summit leaders reaffirmed that Japan and the EU will continue to expand and deepen their economic and trade relationship, including through cooperation in:
– Successfully completing the process regarding “a few specific non tariff issues” under paragraph 34 of the Joint Press Statement of the EU-Japan Summit of 2009;
– Pursuing tangible efforts to prevent and alleviate non-tariff measures having an impact on trade and investment, in particular by promoting transparency on regulatory policy and by using existing bilateral dialogues and;
– Promoting further transparency and enhanced access to the respective government procurement markets.
Summit leaders recognised the value of the work of the Japan-EU Business Round Table and continued to have a strong interest in the discussion between the business communities of both sides.
Research and innovation
Japan and the EU will deepen their collaboration on research and development of innovative technologies.
Priorities will include:
– To implement the recently signed Agreement between Japan and the European Community on Cooperation in Science and Technology, which is to enter into force at the earliest possible opportunity.
– To jointly identify priority areas for encouraging cooperation. These could include green and low carbon technologies, materials science,ICT and space applications.
– To commit to the political and scientific success of the ITER Project and Broader Approach activities towards the realisation of thermonuclear fusion, and to make the utmost efforts for the early adoption of the baseline document of the ITER project.
Summit leaders welcomed the progress made in the field of customs since the entry into force of the Agreement on Co-operation and Mutual Administrative Assistance in Customs Matters in 2008, in particular the Mutual Recognition of Authorised Economic Operators Programmes to be adopted by the end of June 2010. Japan reaffirmed its full support for the EU’s timely accession to the World Customs Organisation.
Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
Summit leaders confirmed that Japan and the EU will continue to strengthen their cooperation on Intellectual Property Rights at both bilateral and multilateral levels, by implementing the Japan-EU Action Plan on IPR Protection and Enforcement adopted at the EU-Japan Summit of 2007.
Summit leaders recognised the importance of ensuring high levels of consumer protection, and reaffirmed their intention to continue to implement the Annex to the Joint Press Statement of the Japan-EU Summit of 2008; on Japan-EU Cooperation on Consumer Safety and Protection.
Summit leaders committed to continued bilateral cooperation on energy security, sustainable energy policies and energy technologies. They also recognised the value of dialogue between producing and consuming countries, in particular within the International Energy Forum and the Energy Charter Treaty. They emphasised the importance of developing and spreading renewable energy sources, and looked forward to the entry into force of the statute of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). They also emphasised their close cooperation on energy efficiency and the promotion of low carbon technologies, including through the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC).
Legal assistance in criminal matters
Summit leaders welcomed the signing of the Agreement between Japan and the EU on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters and reiterated the importance of bringing the Agreement into force as expeditiously as possible, thus enabling more effective cooperation to be established in this area.
Summit leaders confirmed that Japan and the EU will examine ways to step up the exchange of people, with a view to enhancing mutual understanding and fostering cooperation.
Priorities will include:
– To hold an ad-hoc higher education policy seminar in June 2010 in Tokyo.
– To explore ways to step up academic exchanges, building on experiences gained in earlier education projects and the Erasmus Mundus Programme.
– To explore ways to promote other types of exchanges e.g. between think tanks, journalists, politicians, diplomats and administrations.