On 7 May in Brussels, Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, will meet Japanese Prime Minister Abe for the twenty second summit meeting between the European Union and Japan.
The Summit is the culmination of a nine-day visit of Prime Minister Abe to six EU Member States. The ongoing twin negotiations for a Strategic Partnership Agreement and a Free Trade Agreement, launched in April 2013, will be at the centre of the Summit's agenda. While the former covers political dialogue, cooperation in addressing regional and global challenges and sectoral cooperation, the latter aims to promote further bilateral trade and investment flows, unlocking new growth and employment opportunities. Once concluded, these agreements are to provide a solid foundation for the further strengthening of the EU-Japan relationship. The Summit will review progress in the negotiations and add impetus to the respective processes.
The Summit should also give political momentum to closer cooperation on security issues. The EU and Japan are seeking to engage in concrete cooperation related to ongoing EU crisis management missions and operations, notably in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, a further step in a closer security partnership between the two sides. The Summit will moreover promote already close sectoral cooperation, in areas such as cyber security, research and innovation and energy.