Supporting Organisations

With the support of leading chambers, industry and sector-orienated organisations, as well as the strategic and corporate partners, the EU-Japan EPA Forum reaches a truly global audience of business leaders at the forefront. Should your organisation wish to engage in a supporting role, please contact the organisers here.

BDI - The Federation of German Industries The BDI conveys the interests of German industry to the political decision-makers and in the process it provides support for business enterprises engaged in global competition. The BDI has at its disposal a widely branching network in Germany and Europe, in all important markets and in international organizations. The BDI takes care of the political flanking of international market opening. And it offers information and economic policy consultations for all topics related to industry.

Industry plays an outstanding role for Germany’s prosperity. Almost a quarter of Germany’s gross domestic product (GDP) is generated by German industry. If industry-related services are included, this figure rises still further to around a third of GDP. Germany is and remains an industrial nation. Together with industry-related services, industry is the core driver of growth in our economy. 

The European Business Council in Japan (EBC) is the trade policy arm of 17 European National Chamber of Commerce and Business Associations in Japan and has been working to improve the trade and investment environment for European companies in Japan since 1972. The EBC was registered with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in 2008 as the European (EU) Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

The EBC currently works for around 2,500 local European corporate and individual members through fees paid via their respective national chamber of commerce. Some 350 companies participate directly in one or more of the EBC's 24 industry committees, whose work covers a wide variety of economic sectors.

In a nutshell, EBC committees identify the issues keeping the companies from achieving their full potential in Japan and use the vast array of EBC’s lobbying tools, including the annual EBC Report on the Business Environment, to bring change by eliminating the problems. 

The EBC works closely with the Delegation of the European Commission in Japan, the national European Embassies, and other business organisations to co-ordinate policy proposals and make suggestions to the Japanese Government on how to create an open environment for trade and investment in Japan.

Business Sweden’s purpose is to help Swedish companies to grow their global sales and international companies to invest and expand in Sweden.

For Swedish companies, we provide strategic advice, sales execution and operational support to help them grow their international revenues. They can trust us to shorten time to market, find new revenue streams, and lower risks. We have achieved our expertise by being present in the world's 50 most promising markets for over 40 years, at the scene, helping to close the deal.

For international companies we ensure that they can rely on our knowledge, experience and extensive network to identify new business opportunities and achieve an accelerated return on investment. Once they are settled in Sweden, we make sure they are equipped for a successful long-term presence.

Business Sweden was founded on the first of January, 2013, by a merger of the Swedish Trade Council (Exportrådet) and Invest Sweden. Business Sweden is owned by the Swedish Government and the industry, a partnership that provides access to contacts and networks at all levels.

ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA, with its about 110 offices in over 70 countries, provides a broad range of intelligence and business development services for both Austrian companies and their international business partners. Around 800 employees and 35 consultants around the world can assist you in locating Austrian suppliers and business partners. We organize about 1,200 events every year to bring business contacts together. Other services provided by ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA offices range from introductions to Austrian companies looking for importers, distributors or agents to providing in-depth information on Austria as a business location and assistance in entering the Austrian market.

Axcel future aims to improve the investment climate in Denmark and so create growth and jobs. We are operates through a broad network spanning industry, government and civil society. Axcelfuture normally puts together an advisory board for each project consisting of experts and decision makers in relevant areas. This is an effective model, because the interaction between analysis and hands-on experience enhances the quality of our work. We also draw on our own investment experience. We contribute to the economic debate through analytical work and op-eds.

DIGITALEUROPE represents the digital technology industry in Europe. Our members include some of the world's largest IT, telecoms and consumer electronics companies and national associations from every part of Europe. DIGITALEUROPE wants a European Union that nurtures and supports digital technology industries, and that prospers from the jobs we provide, the innovation and economic benefits we deliver and the societal challenges we address.

Our mission is to foster, on behalf of our members, a business, policy and regulatory environment in Europe that best realises our vision. We will achieve this by working as positive partners with the European Institutions and other European and global bodies and, through our national trade associations, the member states of Europe.

DIGITALEUROPE’s members include 60 Corporate members and 37 National Trade Associations from across Europe. 

Japan Business Council in Europe Founded in 1999, the Japan Business Council in Europe (JBCE) is a leading European organisation representing the interests of more than 80 multinational companies of Japanese parentage active in Europe.

Our members operate across a wide range of sectors, including information and communication technology, electronics, chemicals, automotive, machinery, wholesale trade, precision instruments, pharmaceutical, railway, textiles, glass products and financial services. In 2013, our member companies represented global sales of 1.4 trillion euros.

Building a new era of cooperation between the European Union (EU) and Japan is the core of our activities, which we pursue in the framework of several committees focused on: Trade Policy, Environment, Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR), Standards and Conformity, Corporate Policy, and Digital Innovation.

EUROCHAMBRES is the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry and a key representative of businesses to the European institutions.

EUROCHAMBRES voices the interests of over 20 million member businesses in 44 European countries through a network of 1700 regional and local Chambers represented by 44 national and 2 transnational organisations. More than 98% of these businesses are small or medium sized enterprises.  

EUROCHAMBRES is the only European body that serves the interests of every sector and every size of European business.

www.eurochambres.eu

The Chamber of Commerce Southern Sweden is based in Malmö and represents 2.800 companies. Most members are engaged in international trade and the chamber provides extensive service in trade facilitation on international markets. Together with the Danish Chamber of Commerce and other partners we also work to improve the Greater Copenhagen region, including the Malmö metropolitan area, as a platform for international operations. The network of Swedish chambers of commerce are an active member in Eurochambres, the European representation of trade and industry to the EU institutions in Bruxelles.

EuroCommerce is the voice for six million retail, wholesale, and other trading companies. Our members include national commerce federations in 31 countries, Europe’s 27 leading retail and wholesale companies, and federations representing specific sectors of commerce.

EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation is a unique venture between the European Commission and the Japanese Government. It promotes all forms of industrial, trade and investment cooperation and organises activities to improve competitiveness and cooperation through exchanges of experience and know-how between EU and Japanese businesses.

The Centre’s activities include preparing the annual meeting of the EU-Japan Business Round Table. The BRT brings together leading EU and Japanese companies to discuss issues of common concern and to submit practical recommendations to the EU and Japanese Authorities. 

The Business Round Table has been a long-term advocate of formalised EU-Japan cooperation. Having previously advocated common rules and a form of regulatory cooperation and an EU-Japan FDI Enhancement Agreement, in 2007, it called on the EU and Japanese Authorities to give due consideration to exploring the feasibility of an enriched economic agreement. Since then, the BRT has consistently supported and encouraged the efforts the Authorities have made to negotiate the EPA. The BRT looks forward to a swift implementation of the EPA.

www.eu-japan.eu and www.eu-japan-brt.eu