19th EU-Japan Summit Tokyo

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.

Cus­toms

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.

Con­sumer pro­tec­tion

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.

Ener­gy

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.

Peo­ple-to-peo­ple

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.