Discussions will focus on strengthening cooperation on key global challenges such as climate change and meeting the Millennium Development Goals, particularly in Africa
This meeting, ahead of the G8 from 7-9 July in Japan, will also address the situation in the WTO Doha Development Agenda negotiations, global economic prospects, and regional issues in East Asia, the Middle East, Afghanistan and Myanmar, as well as EU-Japan relations.
European Commission President José Manuel Barroso will represent the EU, together with Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša in his capacity as President-in-office of the European Council. They will be joined by Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, and Commissioner for External Trade, Peter Mandelson, as well as the Slovenian Minister of Economy, Andrej Vizjak. Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda will represent Japan.
This is the 17th annual EU-Japan summit.
Japan was identified as a strategic partner of the EU in the European Security Strategy of 2003. Bilateral relations are based on the 2001 Joint Action Plan which sets out four main objectives for cooperation: promoting peace and security, cooperating for greater prosperity, assuming global responsibility and the bringing together of people and cultures. Apart from summit meetings, regular dialogue takes place on a host of issues at ministerial and senior-officials level.
Japan is the world’s second-largest national economy. In 2007, Japan was the EU’s fifth-largest trading partner Total merchandise bilateral trade amounted to € 121.6 billion. Total EU merchandise exported to Japan was worth €43.7 billion.