Key Event Details

Dates: 16-17 May, 2019

Location: Milan, Italy

Venue: Hotel Principe Di Savoia

Attendance: 350 Senior Delegates

Objective: A practical approach to assist the business community to better understand and unlock trade opportunities, using the EPA

Market Opportunities valued at an est. EUR 900Bn: Automotive, Aviation, Electronics, Machinery, Foods & Agriculture, Textiles And Leather Goods, Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices, Chemicals, Technology Transfer, Financial Services And Insurance.

“Together with Japan, we are sending a strong signal to the world that two of its biggest economies still believe in open trade, opposing both unilateralism and protectionism. The economic benefits of this agreement are clear. By removing billions of euros of duties, simplifying customs procedures and tackling behind-the-border barriers to trade, it will offer opportunities for companies on both sides to boost their exports and expand their business.”
— Ms Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Trade, 1st EU-Japan EPA Forum Copenhagen, April 12, 2018
“This EPA carries special importance for Japan as it is a ‘decisive tool’ in our growth strategy.”
— Mr Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan, 1st EU-Japan EPA Forum Copenhagen, April 12, 2018
“The EU is one of the most important global partners of Japan, which shares with Japan such fundamental values as democracy, the rule of law, respect for human rights and an open economy.”
— Mr Yoichi Suzuki Japan’s Former Chief Negotiator of the EPA, 1st EU-Japan EPA Forum Copenhagen, April 12, 2018

2nd EU-Japan EPA Forum Early Support and Speaking Participation

Event Background

Japan is the EU’s second biggest trading partner in Asia after China. The EU and Japan economic zone comprise more than 600 million people with strong purchasing power, constituting approximately 30% of global GDP and 40% of world trade. 

With the EU and Japan having signed the largest free trade agreement, significant market opportunities will arise across key industries in two of the world’s most advanced economics once the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) enter into force by early 2019.  

The main sector beneficiaries include: automotive and supply industry, transport equipment, electrical machinery, information technology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, chemicals, foods and agriculture, textiles and leather goods, insurance, business and financial services.

The 1st EU-Japan EPA Forum was staged by Nordstrom International on April 12, 2018 at the Royal Stock Exchange in Copenhagen in cooperation with Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO), The European Commission and The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA), and hosted by The Danish Chamber of Commerce. The business summit brought together key policy-makers behind the EPA and a high-level international audience of 200 senior business leaders. With executive speakers from AIRBUS, Alstom, J.P.Morgan, Mizuho Bank, NEC, Ericsson, Novo Nordisk amongst others. 

The 2nd EU-Japan EPA Forum will be staged on May 16-17, 2019 with Milan, Italy as host city for what will be a 2-day flagship EU-wide event, welcoming 350 senior delegates to discuss how companies can leverage the market opportunities ahead under the EPA, valued at EUR 900 Bn in total.

MEDIA PARTNERS AND COVERAGE (1st Forum) included NIKKEI, Nikkei Asian Review, with Bloomberg and Reuters reporting from the event, moderated by Chris Clague, Managing Editor, Asia & Global Editorial Lead, Trade and Globalisation, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)

2018 EU-Japan EPA Forum Participants




We look forward to welcoming you to the 2nd EU-Japan EPA Forum held on May 16-17, 2019 with Milan, Italy as host city for what will be an Europe wide event gathering 350 senior delegates to EPA commercialisation for European, valued at an est. EUR 900 Bn. The 2-day event will be staged at the prominent Hotel Principe Di Savoia.

Background InFO: EU-JAPan EPA TRADE DEAL  

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