▲ Up
 
15:53 11-12-2016
MAIN АКИpress CA-News
About us On-line subscription
KazakhstanKyrgyzstanMongoliaTajikistanTurkmenistanUzbekistanWorld
POLITICSBUSINESSINCIDENTSSOCIETYCULTURESPORTANALYSISSCIENCE
Japan, EU to seek early trade deal, cybersecurity cooperation
10:55, 08 May 2014, 465

AKIPRESS.COM - Japan and EU Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and European Union leaders agreed Wednesday to seek an early conclusion of a free trade agreement and cooperate in countering attacks in cyberspace, The Japan Times reported.

“We will negotiate intensively while aiming to achieve a broad [free trade] agreement in 2015,” Abe said at a joint press conference following a summit with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at the EU headquarters in Brussels.

Japanese and EU officials have been negotiating the possible elimination or reduction of tariffs in trade liberalization talks launched in April last year.

Japan aims in particular to increase its auto and television exports to the 28 nations belonging to the European Union, while the bloc hopes to boost exports of such products as cheese and wine to Japan, and is also calling on Tokyo to remove non-tariff barriers, including domestic rules on the safety of motor vehicles and medical equipment.

The fifth round of talks ended last month but the two sides have yet to announce any specific achievements.

The EU nations are now studying whether to continue the negotiations by reviewing progress made in getting Tokyo to reduce trade barriers.

“Negotiations have now reached a critical phase,” Van Rompuy said in written remarks following the summit. If the one-year review allows, “we must raise the level of ambition and bring these negotiations to a speedy and successful conclusion,” he said.

Barroso said he expects no particular opposition from EU member countries to continuing talks with Japan, expressing hope negotiations will accelerate.

On cybersecurity, Japan and the European Union agreed to launch a dialogue to boost cooperation.

“Facing more severe, widespread and globalized risks surrounding cyberspace and the need to protect human rights online, protection of a safe, open and secure cyberspace is needed,” the leaders said.

Japan and the European Union will also hold an inaugural meeting in the latter half of this year in Tokyo of talks on the stable use of outer space.


Twitterfacebookprint
LATEST NEWS
15:10 Voter turnout in referendum as of 1 PM was 13.79%15:00 Atambayev offers condolences to Turkey over bombing, condemns terrorism14:45 Atambayev on disputed territories: "Each centimeter of Kyrgyzstani land is crucial"14:00 Atambayev casts ballot in referendum and local council vote13:30 Atambayev comments on his previous comment on Russian military base in Kyrgyzstan13:00 Atambayev: "Kyrgyzstan would achieve a lot in presidential system during 5 years, but we must not give up on chosen path of parliamentary country"12:22 Atambayev: "So far, we see that SDPK and Respublika parties making to Bishkek city council"12:05 Kyrgyz referendum voter turnout was 3.35% as of 10 AM11:50 "I pray to God we exceed 30% referendum validity threshold," says Atambayev11:01 Twin bombing outside Istanbul soccer stadium kills 29, wounds 16610:30 Kyrgyzstan votes in landmark constitutional referendum17:00 Watch young Nazarbayev being sworn in as president of Kazakhstan for the first time16:47 85 journalists accredited to cover constitutional referendum and local council elections in Kyrgyzstan16:35 Tajik FM meets with Austrian, U.S., Afghanistan colleagues15:26 Kyrgyzstan, Finland discuss cooperation14:11 Centerra Gold says it suspends dividends, extends Öksüt project financing facility13:05 Kyrgyzstan not against NGOs' participation in OSCE ODIHR events but criminals12:49 Tajik FM accuses OSCE of double standards12:32 Islam Karimov memorial to appear in Moscow11:25 French court denies Kazakh tycoon Ablyazov's extradition to Russia
Astana
-3° C
Ashgabat
+12° C
Bishkek
+1° C
Dushanbe
+2° C
Tashkent
+7° C
Ulaanbaatar
-16° C
exchange rates
 
73.52
69.24
10.03
1.09
355.17
334.31
48.44
5.31
6.85
6.26
1.01
0.12
3286.53
2888.39
446.81
42.81
3.70
3.50
0.51
0.06

© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2016. All rights reserved
Republication of any material is prohibited without a written agreement with AKIpress News Agency. Any citation must be accompanied by a hyperlink to akipress.com.
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)90-07-75