EU agri – food chain partners meet with Japanese delegates
In July, EU agri-food chain partners - CELCAA, Copa-Cogeca, and FoodDrinkEurope – organised a reception in celebration of the Japan – EU partnership. The event, organised during the 11th round of negotiations in Brussels, brought together representatives of European agri-food chain organisations and Japanese government officials.
Just over two years into the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Negotiations and as the talks may now enter a more substantial phase, the European agri-food chain partners seized the opportunity to reiterate their support for a comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement – with an ambitious outcome on the agri-food part of the negotiations.
In her welcome speech, Mella Frewen (FoodDrinkEurope), highlighted the shared appreciation of the EU’s and Japan’s distinct culinary identities and products. “At the same time, trade in agri-food products remains far from perfect. Therefore, the European agri-food chain partners continue to advocate for more open markets and improved regulatory coherence - to create a more predictable business environment which will allow operators to better respond to consumer demand.”
Participants networked and continued their discussions over a walking dinner with European specialties.