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Adoption of a Regulatory Cooperation Joint Document between Japan and the EU

On March 17, 2015, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the European Commission Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) adopted a joint document regarding the regulatory cooperation between Japan and the EU at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Japan-EU Industrial Policy Dialogue held in Brussels, Belgium.

On March 17, 2015, METI and DG GROW held the 18th Annual Meeting of the Japan-EU Industrial Policy Dialogue in Brussels, co-chaired by Mr. Norihiko Ishiguro, Vice-Minister for International Affairs, METI, and Mr. Daniel Calleja, Director-General of DG GROW, and adopted a Regulatory Cooperation Joint Document. METI hereby announces the outline of the document (see Appendix(PDF:175KB) PDF File).

The term “Regulatory Cooperation” refers to a joint initiative in which the public and private sectors in Japan and the EU will cooperate at an earlier stage in the respective legislative and related processes so as to create new markets while focusing on the future release of new products in such markets five or even ten years hence, thereby decreasing regulatory discrepancies and formulating common rules necessary for the future.

In the Joint Press Statement of the 22nd EU-Japan Summit in May 2014, Japan and the EU agreed on the advancement of future discussions concerning regulatory cooperation through the Japan-EU Industrial Policy Dialogue. Based on the agreement, at the 18th dialogue, both sides compiled the progress and outcome reports of discussions on 13 topics in 12 fields, including robotics, chemicals, and automobiles, into the joint document. The outline will also be publicized in a press release by DG GROW.

Reference: Japan-EU Industrial Policy Dialogue

In January 1993, then-MITI (currently METI) Minister Mori and then-European Commission Vice President Bangemann agreed on the inauguration of the Japan-EU dialogue to discuss bilateral cooperation and other issues in the industrial field. Since the first dialogue held in Brussels in 1993, a series of dialogues have been held alternately in Japan and Europe.

Release date

March 17, 2015

Divisions in charge

Europe Division, Trade Policy Bureau

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