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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet: Estonia Hopes For Rapid Progress in Free Trade Agreement Between European Union and Japan


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At a meeting of the European Union foreign ministers in Brussels, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that Japan is a vital strategic partner of the European Union. We share the same values and Japan plays an important role in promoting relations in Asia.

“We would like for the European Union-Japan summit at the end of March to give a clear signal of both sides’ readiness to move forward rapidly with a European Union-Japan framework agreement and free trade agreement,” Paet stated. “This would lead to the further intensification of relations through concrete co-operation bilaterally, regionally, and globally,” he added.

Paet stated that the main topic of the summit will be strengthening political and economic ties between the European Union and Japan. It is an important step in kicking off negotiations for a potential framework agreement and free trade agreement.

“Estonia’s greatest interest in this process is potential co-operation in the information and communications technology sector, including in the area of cyber security,” said the Estonian foreign minister. “Japan is an important and highly developed country, with whom we have a common understanding of internet freedom and therefore would like to develop co-operation in the cyber sector,” he noted.

Japan is the only Asian country that has joined the Council of Europe’s Convention on Cyber Crime.

Additional information:
Helen Ennok
Press spokesperson, Estonia’s Permanent Representation to the EU
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