Japan-EU Relations

Prime Minister Abe’s Attendance of the Europa Connectivity Forum

September 27, 2019
Japanese

  • Europa Connectivity Forum
    (Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
  • Prime Minister attending the Europa Connectivity Forum
    (Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
  • Europa Connectivity Forum
    (Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
On September 27, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, attended “the Europa Connectivity Forum” held in Brussels at the invitation of H.E. Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. The overview is as follows.
  • Prime Minister delivering a keynote speech
    (Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
  • Prime Minister delivering a keynote speech
    (Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
1. Prime Minister Abe delivered a keynote speech entitled “Japan and the EU: The Strong and Steady Pillars Supporting Many Bridges"Open a New Window.
  • Signing ceremony
    (Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
  • Signing ceremony
    (Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
2. President Juncker stated in his keynote speech as follows:

(1) I highly praise Prime Minister Abe’s leadership in the field of connectivity. This forum could not have been held without Prime Minister Abe’s attendance. The EU attaches importance to its cooperation with Japan which shares common values.

(2) The Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) contributes not only to developing Japan-EU economic relations but also to countering protectionism. Taking into account Prime Minister Abe’s launch of the “Osaka Track” at the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan and the EU will collaborate toward promoting data flow in a manner that protects personal rights.

(3) For connectivity, it is important to ensure transparency and fair competition based on rules. Furthermore, there must not be excessive dependence on a single country. The EU invests in infrastructure in the West Balkans and in human resources in Africa. Connectivity between Europe and Asia is essential, and Japan and the EU will set an example.

(4) Looking ahead to the Olympic Games in Japan, we intend to start negotiations of an agreement on PNR (passenger name record).
3. Prime Minister Abe and President Juncker then signed a document entitled “The Partnership on Sustainable Connectivity and Quality Infrastructure between Japan and the European UnionOpen a New Window.”
4. On this occasion, the Japanese and EU’s development authorities confirmed Japan-EU cooperation in the field of developmentOpen a New Window. Furthermore, on September 26, ahead of the Europa Connectivity Forum, a Memorandum of Understanding between the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) was signed, initiating concrete cooperation under the Partnership.
5. On the margins of the Forum, Prime Minister Abe also held brief informal talks with H.E. Mr. Antti Rinne, Prime Minister of the Republic of Finland, and H.E. Mr. Andrej Plenković, Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia.