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  • During the meeting, the members of the EU Domestic Advisory Group (EU DAG), composed of representatives of employers' organisations, trade unions and various interest groups, will adopt its rules of procedure and confirm the composition of the EU DAG. Discussions will also take place on the preparation of the participation of the EU DAG in the Joint Dialogue with Civil Society, which will be organised in Tokyo on 31 January in the framework of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

  • During the meeting, the members of the Domestic Advisory Group (DAG) of the EU composed of representatives of employers' organisations, trade unions and various interest group will discuss the mandate of the EU DAG, working methods, reporting procedures and cooperation with other civil society organisations, as well as will exchange views on its rules of procedure. The chair and vice-chairs will also be elected. Additionally, the members of the EU DAG will exchange views with representatives of the European Commission on matters related to the implementation of the trade and sustainable development title of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

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    Additional opportunities for trade, investment and cooperation and Technological change and its impact on the labour market

    Following the signature of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) on 17 July this year, the EU-Japan Follow-up Committee organised a mission to Japan (Tokyo and Kobe) from 13 to 15 November, with the aim to continue to strengthen cooperation and ties between the EESC and its main partners in Japan and to prepare for the establishment of Domestic Advisory Groups (DAGs) and the Joint Dialogue with the civil society in the framework of the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter of the EU-Japan EPA.

    A high-level conference took place in Tokyo on 13-14 November. With focus on the EPA, discussions covered the role of the civil society in monitoring the EU-Japan EPA as well as opportunities for trade, investment and cooperation following the signature of the agreement. A second part of the conference was dedicated to Technological change and its impact on the labour market. In Tokyo, the EU-Japan Follow-up Committee members also had bilateral meetings with the EESC's main partner organisations in Japan, and on 15 November in Kobe, a seminar took place on Technological change and its impact on the labour market, organised in cooperation with the University of Kobe.

  • 9:00-13:00 Room JDE 63

    In the light of the agreement in principle reached in July 2017 between the EU and Japan on an Economic Partnership Agreement, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)'s Follow-up Committees on International Trade and Japan are taking the opportunity to organise a half-day joint seminar. The seminar aims at examining the significance of the EU-Japan Agreement in the global context, reflecting on the role that civil society may play in the implementation of such agreement, and aims to assess possible challenges and benefits for different stakeholders (the business community, workers, farmers, consumers, etc.).

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    The External Relations Section (REX) of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is responsible for dialogue between European civil society organisations and their homologues from the countries with which the European Union has formal relations (e.g. under the form of a Free Trade Agreement). Through this dialogue, made possible by a series of bilateral bodies, and through specialized opinions and information reports, the Committee is able to concretely contribute to EU foreign policy.

  • Ms Anne Haglund_Morrissey - European Comission – Horizon Europe Association
  • Speaker
    Mr Patrick Vittet Philippe
    Organisation
    Advisor to Kobe University Brussels European Centre

    Presentation of the activities of Kobe University Brussels European Centre (KUBEC): Mr Patrick Vittet Philippe, Advisor to Kobe University Brussels European Centre

    Patrick Vittet Philippe - Advisor to Kobe University Brussels European Centre
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    This publication provides a summary of the discussion entitled "Trading up for a stronger EU27. Free trade of the future – the social partners' perspective" which was held in Sopot (Poland) on 28 September 2017. The conference was organised by the Employers' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee in the framework of the European Forum for New Ideas.