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EU-Japan summit (Tokyo - 25 March 2013)

EU News 141/2013

Brussels, 21 March 2013

On 25 March in Tokyo, Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, will meet Japanese Prime Minister Abe for the twenty first summit between the European Union and Japan.

The summit will open an important new phase in EU-Japan relations through the launching of negotiations for a partnership agreement aimed at developing dialogue and cooperation across a wide range of political and global issues, as well as for a free trade agreement that should address long-standing trade and investment interests, unlocking further growth and employment opportunities.

The summit will also be an opportunity to seek convergence of views and positions on key international and regional issues and to identify opportunities for the EU and Japan to work together to address these effectively. This includes world economy and trade, developments in our respective neighbourhoods, climate change, sustainable development, clean and secure energy, and non-proliferation.

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