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Today at their 24th bilateral Summit, leaders of the European Union and Japan have given their political agreement on the main elements of a Strategic Partnership Agreement, which will take the EU's longstanding partnership with Japan to a new level.
"Our European Union and Japan are already cooperating closely in a wide range of areas: from tackling climate change to countering piracy; from dealing with security threats in our respective neighbourhoods to environmental standards and sustainability", said the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security and Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini. "What the Strategic Partnership Agreement will do is reinforce our partnership to work on new areas of cooperation, for example in cyber-security and disaster management. It's a real step up for our partnership, reflecting the importance we give to our relationship: one that is able to effectively tackle the challenges we face."
Once in force, the Strategic Partnership Agreement will provide the legal framework for cooperation between the European Union and Japan, giving strategic direction and coherence to our existing and future common work. At a time where the rules-based international order is under increasing pressure, the Agreement recaptures the shared values and common principles that form the foundation of the EU-Japan partnership, including human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The Agreement covers issues that are bilateral, regional and global in nature, and will allow the EU and Japan to find solutions to common challenges, such as energy security, migration, and security challenges, and provides a tool for the EU and Japan to jointly promote global peace, stability and prosperity, as well as an open international system. A Joint Committee, which will be established under the Strategic Partnership Agreement, will coordinate the overall partnership and ensure the proper functioning and implementation of the Agreement.
Negotiations on the Strategic Partnership Agreement will now be finalised along with negotiations on the new Economic Partnership Agreement, which also received the political backing of EU and Japanese leaders at today's Summit.