On 1 February 2019 the EU and Japan’s Economic Partnership Agreement entered into force and since then a large part of their bilateral Strategic Partnership Agreement also applies on a provisional basis. Both agreements signal the commitment of the EU and Japan to an open, fair, and rules-based international order.

The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement is a new generation free trade agreement that not only opens a market equivalent to almost a third of the world’s gross domestic product, but also sets ambitious standards in different areas thatcould influence future international efforts for trade liberalization. For its part, the strategic partnership agreement provides acomprehensive framework for enhanced political and sectoral cooperation on areas of common interest, including security.

Elcano Royal Institute organized a conference on 21 February 2019 gathering officials and experts from different European countries and Japan to discuss in detail the implications of these EU-Japan partnership agreements on the bilateral relation andon global governance in a context of rising international instability.

Thursday, 21 February 2019, 9:30-13:45. Fundación Botín, Castelló 18 C, Madrid.

The event will take place in English, without simultaneous interpretation. Limited seating. Confirmation of attendance is kindly requested: actividadeselcano[at]rielcano.org

YouTube. Real Instituto Elcano / Elcano Royal Institute Video: #EUJapanCooperation. Panel Discussion. EU-Japan cooperation for a free and open international order: The EU-Japan partnership agreements (playlist)