The conclusion of the talks resulted in a modern agreement between the EU and Japan, which provides for more open markets for European businesses and sets high standards to protect the interests of consumers, the environment and workers. In the past, European companies have faced barriers to trade when exporting to Japan, which has sometimes made it difficult for them to compete. Find out about the current trade relations between the EU and Japan In the area of public procurement, the federal government has called for a broad liberalisation of the market. Important results have been achieved in this area. For example, one year after the entry into force of the agreement or two years after the political agreement, Japan will remove a broad derogation from transparent public procurement in the rail sector (the “operational safety clause”). This was an essential requirement of Germany. In addition, Japan grants market access for procurement procedures for universities, hospitals and “city centers”. The latter concerns 48 cities with some 300,000 inhabitants, or about 15% of the Japanese population. The EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement entered into force on 1 February 2019 and aims to strengthen economic and political relations between these two main trading areas and strengthen the EU`s role in the Asian region. With regard to investment protection, the Federal Government supports the EU`s efforts to put in place a modern system along the model of CETA. . .

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