29th May, At the occasion of the 23rd Bilateral EU-Japan Summit, the EU agri-food chain organisations call for an ambitious trade deal between EU and Japan. June 01, 2015

As negotiators met on 29th May 2015 for the 23rd Bilateral EU-Japan Summit in Tokyo, Copa-Cogeca, FoodDrinkEurope and CELCAA called for an ambitious trade deal to be struck between the EU and Japan.     The agri-food chain partners believe a comprehensive trade deal would have a significant positive impact on both economies by further opening markets and improving regulatory coherence. Changing Japanese eating habits presents a major opportunity for EU agri-food producers. Improving access for EU agri-food products would not only help EU operators take advantage of this market potential, but also strengthen the EU’s position vis-à-vis other major agri-food competitors.   

CELCAA, the European Umbrella of the trade in agri-food and agri-commodities products welcomes the provisional application as it will increase market access for many EU agri-food products, protect the European GIs and provides a fast track process for SPS issues.
See the press release here and the infographic here.