European Parliament votes on EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement

A Role Model

VCI welcomes fast ratification of the agreement between EU and Japan ++ Japan is important alliance partner of the European Union in many international political questions ++ Recognition of the European Parliament as the democratic body for trade affairs is essential.

VCI director-general Utz Tillmann: "The fast ratification of the EU-Japan agreement should serve as a role model for the EU’s future trade agreements." - Photo: © Denis Rozhnovsky/stock.adobe.com
VCI director-general Utz Tillmann: "The fast ratification of the EU-Japan agreement should serve as a role model for the EU’s future trade agreements." - Photo: © Denis Rozhnovsky/stock.adobe.com

Utz Tillmann - Foto:
Utz Tillmann - Foto: © VCI / René Spalek
Utz Tillmann, director-general of the German chemical industry association VCI, welcomes the approval of the European Parliament for the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement: “Japan is an important alliance partner of the European Union in many international political questions. The further strengthening of this alliance is a positive feature. The fast ratification of the EU-Japan agreement should serve as a role model for the EU’s future trade agreements. It is essential to recognise the European Parliament as the democratic body for trade affairs.”

A major trading partner

In 2017, the German chemical-pharmaceutical industry exported goods worth 4.5 billion euros to Japan (ca. 2.4 percent of exports). Chemical products to the value of over 2.8 billion euros came to Germany from Japan (2.1 percent of German chemical and pharma imports). Thus, Japan is the industry’s second largest trading partner in Asia after China.

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