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Voices of Support for Japan
EU - Japan Trade Agreement Seminar



The Federation of Enterprises in Belgium, in cooperation with the Belgium-Japan Association - Chamber of Commerce, would like to invite you to a high-level seminar on the tangible benefits of the economic partnership agreement between the EU and Japan for your company.


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This ambitious trade deal will create a free trade area encompassing 600 million consumers and close to a third of global GDP. In addition to the elimination of certain customs tariffs that are still high in some sectors, the agreement is expected to provide mainly regulatory benefits. The agreement will remove a number of superfluous regulatory barriers to our exporters and importers in the heavily regulated domestic Japanese market. The Japanese government will also improve access to the country's domestic services market, to public procurement in 48 major Japanese cities, and to Japan's national railways, under the same conditions enjoyed by local operators.

We will hold this seminar several weeks after the entry into force of the EU - Japan trade agreement, which is scheduled for 1 February 2019, with a view to providing companies, both large and small, with practical information on the deal's many opportunities.

After an introduction on the political aspects of the deal given by representatives of the Belgian, Japanese and EU authorities, a number of experts (from the European Commission, Belgian authorities and specialist committees) will speak to our importers and exporters about the operational aspects that would allow them to take full advantage of the numerous benefits of this trade agreement.

Companies will find out everything they need to know about the EPA through two concurrent, interactive workshops, one focusing on goods (and the agri-food sector) and the other on services. Participants can then exchange thoughts during a networking cocktail reception.

Let's work together to make this ambitious agreement a real success for all companies!

When?
Thursday 28 February 2019, from 9.15 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. (registration from 8.45 a.m.)

Where?
FEB, Rue Ravensteinstraat 4, B-1000 Brussels

Participation fee:
50 EUR (excl. VAT)
Free for FEB and BJA members

Need more information?
Contact the Events Team: Tel. +32 (0)2 515 09 90
E-mail : events@vbo-feb.be

With the support of AWEX, BIE and FIT
Reception sponsored by Cornelissen, Kanpai & Poppies

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Event Programme

8.45 a.m.
Participant registration

9.15 a.m.
Welcome speech given by
Pieter Timmermans, CEO of the FEB

9.20 a.m.
The support of the public authorities - political introduction by:

• Mr. Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defense
• H.E. Mr. Kazuo Kodama, Ambassador of Japan to the European Union
• Mr. Peter Berz, Acting Director Asia and Latin America (Dir. C), DG Trade, European Commission

10 a.m.
Implementation of the EU - Japan EPA:
what's in it for me?

Workshop 1: Facilitated access to the Japanese market for GOODS
• Introduction and moderator
Mr. Olivier Joris, Executive Manager Europe and International, FEB
• Elimination of custom duties
Unit C1 Far East, DG Trade, European Commission
• Rules of origin and origin procedures (including auto-certification system - REX)
Mr. Roger TENEY, Administration Générale des Douanes et Accises, FPS Finance
• Elimination of TBT’s & regulatory cooperation
Unit C1 Far East, DG Trade, European Commission
• Access to public procurement markets
Expert (tbc)
• Market access & what’s in the EPA for the agro-food sector?
Ms. Antonia Gamez-Moreno, Head of Unit Asia and Australasia (Dir. A), DG AGRI, European Commission
Ms. Anette Haurum, SPS Team (Dir. D), DG Trade, European Commission
• Business testimonial, best practices, training and support
Ms. Jessica Michelson, Manager, EU - Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
Mr. Kurt Leuridan, CEO, Tokai Optecs
• Interactive Q&A session

Workshop 2: Facilitated access to the Japanese market and regulatory convergence for SERVICES
• Introduction and moderator
Mr. Thomas JULIEN, Attaché Europe and International, FEB
• Opening up of the Japanese services market
Ms. Andres Garcia Bermudez, Lead Negotiator for Services (Dir. B), DG Trade, European Commission
Mr. Pascal Kerneis, Managing Director, European Services Forum
• Easier access for EU company staff and other professionals in Japan
Ms. Andres Garcia Bermudez, Lead Negotiator for Services (Dir. B), DG Trade, European Commission
Counsel (tbc)
• The framework for mutual recognition of professional qualifications
Ms. Andres Garcia Bermudez, Lead Negotiator for Services (Dir. B), DG Trade, European Commission
• Data protection & data flows
Mr. Tanguy Van Overstraeten, Partner, Global Head of Privacy and Data Protection, Linklaters, Vice-President BJA
• Access to public procurement markets
Counsel (tbc)
• Business testimonial, best practices, training and support
Ms. Jessica Michelson, Manager, EU - Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
Mr. Guojin Liu, Business Manager East Asia, Port of Antwerp
• Interactive Q&A session

12 noon
Networking cocktail reception
Sake Barrel Breaking Ceremony and Sake Tasting sponsored by Kanpai

1.30 p.m.
End of the Event
When
28 February 2019, Thursday 08:45
Where
Rue Ravensteinstraat 4, B-1000 Brussels

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