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Friday, December 06, 2019, 15:00 - 16:00

Patricia Flor, Ambassador of the European Union to Japan

(The speech and Q & A will be in English)

"The Future of Japan-EU Relations"

It has been an encouraging year for relations between Japan and the European Union. After years of complex negotiations, the two agreed a free trade deal that went into effect in February. The Economic Partnership Agreement, worth nearly 30% of global GDP and 40% of world trade, slashes duties on Japanese and European imports and creates the largest free trade zone in the world, covering 600 million people.

A new European Commission, led by Germany's Ursula von der Leyen, will start work on December 1st. The change in leadership takes place amid optimism over the future of EU-Japan ties, but also uncertainty – in Brussels and Tokyo – over Britain's future vis-a-vis the EU, just days before voters cast their ballots in a snap election dominated by Brexit.

Against this backdrop, Patricia Flor, the EU ambassador to Japan, will come to the Club to explain the priorities of the new European Commission and discuss the prospects and challenges for the EU-Japan partnership.

A German national, Flor has served as the EU's special representative for Central Asia and as Germany's ambassador to Georgia. She has also worked in Kazakhstan and at the Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York for Berlin.

Doors open for TV crews only at 14:30, all others at 14:45. Please reserve in advance, 03-3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation. Livestreaming of press conferences are available on our website (

*Due to space restrictions, please note there will be a limited number of reservations to attend. FCCJ members, including TV cameras, will have priority for the reservation and seating/setting positions and one TV camera for affiliate networks.

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