Among many other topics discussed to develop the strategic partnership between EU and Japan, the FTA was scrutinised in detail, allowing both sides to provide a mandate for their negotiators to conclude the deal by the end of 2015.
The full statement of all the events discussed today can be downloaded below:
The reduction of the very trade tariffs and barriers that this deal set out to reduce are proving difficult for negotiators to agree on. For more on this, visit "Obstacles in Securing a deal: Why Haven't Negotiations concluded yet?".