H.E. the EU Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmström, held a seminar explaining the Economic Partnership Agreement that was concluded in principle between EU and Japan this summer. She did this in connection with the 25 years anniversary of the European Institute of Japanese Studies (EIJS) at Stockholm School of Economics.
"This agreement is of enormous economic importance, but besides this, it is also a way of getting closer to each other. We want to show that EU and Japan as democratic and global partners believe in free trade. We believe in building bridges not walls" said the Commissioner.
Cecilia Malmström's Full Speech
It was a full house at Stockholm School of Economics on September 28. The seminar was moderated by Professor Marie Söderberg, director of the EIJS. Professor Axel Berkofsky from University of Pavia acted as a discussant. The commissioner had to answer a number of hard questions concerning transparency as well as the way forward for the agreement.
Attending the reception after the seminar was also the Swedish Minister for EU and Trade, Ann Linde, who held a speech on the implications of this agreement for Sweden. She pointed out that Japan was Sweden’s third largest trading partner outside the EU and that the agreement is likely to promote trade between Sweden and Japan even further.
Ann Linde's Full Speech
Concerning the 25 year celebration of the EIJS the Director Marie Söderberg said. "We are very proud of the fact that we have been able to serve as a link between EU and Japan under such a long time and finally also to see that our efforts have given result."