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At the 25th EU-Japan Summit, which took place in Tokyo in July, two agreements have been signed that will significantly boost bilateral trade (the Strategic Partnership Agreement and the Economic Partnership Agreement). The Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan creates an open trade zone covering over 600 million people and nearly a third of global GDP. It will remove the vast majority of the EUR 1 billion of duties paid annually by EU companies exporting to Japan, and has led to the removal of a number of long-standing regulatory barriers, for example on cars. The EU Free Trade Agreement with Japan is on the way.

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Annual report 2018 on European SMEs

Key facts and figures from the EU annual report 2018 on European SMEs The report gives information on the performance of SMEs in EU countries and other partner countries. It consists of two parts: an annual report on European SMEs and country fact sheets, included an interesting report on Belgium. Here are the main facts […]

Consultation on B2B data sharing

The European Commission is launching a consultation on B2B data sharing, and in particular on data linked to internet of things (#IoT).  A wider availability of data could be beneficial for SME’s that typically have insufficient means to collect data themselves. At the same time, the advent of smart devices connected to internet (Internet of […]

Consultation on a EU customs single window environment

The European Commission is launching a consultation on a possible development of single window services for #customs. The purpose of the consultation is to gather businesses’ views about the formalities related the movement of goods accross EU borders. The single window is a facility which allows parties involved in trade and transport to lodge standardised […]

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