Europe in the World

The EU and Japan: a partnership in the making

21 February 2007

There is no shortage of political rhetoric about the need to expand EU-Japan relations, but progress in implementing the action plan agreed in 2001 has been slow. This Issue Paper by EPC Associate Policy Analyst Axel Berkofsky argues that despite increasing cooperation in some areas, including foreign and security policy, much more could be done. It highlights, in particular, the need for Tokyo to address EU concerns about obstacles to market access and regulation.

The EU and Japan: a partnership in the making

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Programme Team

Head of Europe in the World programme and Senior Fellow

Giovanni Grevi

Researcher in EU energy and climate policy, Institute of European Studies, Free University of Brussels

Marco Giuli

Senior Policy Analysts

Paul Ivan
Amanda Paul

Junior Policy Analyst

Ivano di Carlo