Japan-EU Relations

April 14, 2022

1. Japan-EU Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) and its Outline

2. Background

May 2011Summit leaders agreed to start the process for parallel negotiations for “a binding agreement, covering political, global, and other sectoral cooperation in a comprehensive manner […]” (SPA) and the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) at the 20th Japan-EU Summit.
March 2013Summit leaders decided to launch negotiations of the Japan-EU SPA and EPA/FTA at their telephone talks.
July 2017Summit leaders agreed Agreement in principle on Japan-EU SPA and EPA at the 24th Japan-EU Summit.
February 2018Agreement in the Japan-EU SPA negotiation Japan-EU SPA at the Japan-EU Foreign Ministers’ telephone talks
July 17, 2018Japan-EU SPA was signed at the 25th Japan-EU Summit.

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