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The first Joint Committee under the EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) was held today in Tokyo. This launched the implementation of the new agreement, which enshrines common values and principles, such as democracy, the rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms. It provides a legal framework for intensified cooperation in the fields of foreign and security policy as well as home and justice and other areas of sectoral cooperation.
The parties discussed priorities for cooperation between the EU and Japan under the SPA in this initial phase. Both sides agreed to focus joint work on
The parties also agreed to intensify their cooperation on challenges related to the digital economy such as privacy and security of data. There was consensus between both parties to strengthen security policy cooperation including on crisis management, in the spirit of the SPA.
The Rules of Procedure of the Joint Committee were also adopted. The Joint Committee meeting was chaired by Mr. Yasushi Masaki, Director-General of the European Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Gunnar Wiegand, Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific, European External Action Service.