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ECIPE Conference: The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement - A Springboard for a Freer, Fairer and more Open Trading System?


22 Nov 2018 09:30 to 13:00


Renaissance Brussels Hotel
Rue du Parnasse 19
1050  Brussels


Euro & Finance

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The economic relations between the EU and Japan have been strong for a long time, but are now about to take new steps forward as they have concluded an Economic Partnership Agreement that significantly will reduce barriers to trade. It is an important agreement for both sides, but also comes at a time when the principles and practice of the open and rules-based trading system are stressed. What new trade opportunities will this agreement bring? How can it be used as a platform for improving social conditions and the climate of trade policy in the world?
Please join us for a high-level conference to discuss the new EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement.
Pedro Silva Pereira, Member of the European Parliament and rapporteur on the EU-Japan EPA 
Prof. Yorizumi Watanabe, former trade negotiators and Professor at the Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University
Sonali Chowdhry, Marie Curie PhD Fellow, Center for International Economics, Ifo Institute and co-author of a Bruegel study for the European Parliament about the EU-Japan EPA (TBC)
Prof. Yozo Yokota, President, Centre for Human Rights Education and Training, and former UN Special Rapporteur and Member of the UN sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, Director of ECIPE and leading expert in Europe on the EU-Japan EPA
Eve Päärendson, Estonian Employers’ Confederation, President of the EESC-Japan Contact Group (TBC)
Fredrik Erixon, Director, ECIPE