EU-Japan Summit: EU must not rush trade negotiations with Japan!

Caspary: still many hurdles for the reduction of tariffs / Need to analyse existing problems first / EU-Japan Summit this Saturday

Caspary: still many hurdles for the reduction of tariffs / Need to analyse existing problems first / EU-Japan Summit this Saturday

Before the EU-Japan Summit on Saturday, the EPP Group Coordinator in the International Trade Committee of the European Parliament, Daniel Caspary MEP, has warned against rushing negotiations over a free trade agreement with Japan. “There are still too many barriers for European companies in Japan such as arbitrary non-tariff trade barriers and almost no access to public contracts”, Daniel Caspary said.

“Instead of rushing head-long into new negotiations over a free trade agreement, EU countries should insist on tangible results during the ongoing trade talks with Japan”, he said in view of the discussions of the High Level Group on trade issues between the EU and Japan.

The European Parliament as a whole also warns against a hasty start of negotiations. Before starting the negotiations over a free trade agreement, Japan must make “significant commitments on removing non-tariff barriers and obstacles to access to Japanese public procurement before negotiations are launched,” a Resolution adopted in mid-May by a large majority states.

“Before the EU starts to negotiate with Japan over a free trade agreement, Japan needs to show that it is ready for real concessions. It is not enough to signal a willingness to negotiate the reduction of tariffs. For a free trade agreement, Japan must also open its tightly protected market for services and contracts”, Mr Caspary said.

(Translation from the original German)

For further information: Daniel CASPARY MEP, Tel: +32-2-2847978