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 and Supply, Aviation, Electronics, Machinery, FMCG & agri-business, Fashion, 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

The EU and Japan have signed and ratified the monumental Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), valued at an estimated 900 Bn in total. The trade deal (EPA) will create a new economic free trade zone comprising more than 630 million people with strong purchasing power, constituting approximately 30% of global GDP and 40% of global trade flow. The EPA will enter into force in Q1 of 2019.

Key sector beneficiaries impacted by the deal on both sides: automotive and supply industry, transport equipment, electrical machinery, information technology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, chemicals, foods and agri-business, textiles and leather goods, insurance, business, banking and financial services.

Legal, tax, customs, regulatory, M&A, business and cultural advisory on how to unlock the full commercial potential of the
EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) representing 40% of global trade will be addressed at the 2nd EU-Japan EPA Forum, held on May 16-17, 2019 with Milan, Italy as host city for what will a 2-day flagship EU-wide event, welcoming more than 350 senior delegates and 40+ high-level speakers.

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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