The social and environmental commitments of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement

31 October 2018

EU-Japan EPA

The European Parliament will soon face a crucial decision on the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). This EPA, signed on 17 July 2018, is the largest free-trade agreement signed by Japan and the EU, encompassing 640 million people and 28% of the world’s GDP.

The agreement is a significant achievement in the liberalisation of market access, the crafting of international rules and the breadth of commitments vis-à-vis sustainability issues.

Three of the authors of the Sustainability Impact Assessment of the EU-Japan EPA – Dr Stefania Lovo, Mr Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, and Ms Elitsa Garnizova – will be speaking at an event on 21 November, taking a closer look into the social and environmental commitments of the agreement. They will address questions on how the EPA can impact social and environmental protection in the EU and Japan. 

The event, hosted by MEP Pedro Silva Pereira and MEP David Martin, will be held between 13.30 and 15.00 on 21 November 2018 in the European Parliament Library.

If you would like to attend the event, please contact Ms Elitsa Garnizova before 12 November 2018.

Click here for the final report of the EU-Japan Trade Sustainability Impact Assessment.