EU-JAPAN STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT (SPA)

The EU-Japan SPA, which provisionally entered into force on 1 February 2019, is a comprehensive agreement between the European Union (EU), its Member States and Japan based on shared values and guiding principles such as democracy, the rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedom.

The SPA is unique:

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It is a legally binding agreement

It provides legal foundation for bilateral cooperation

It promotes global standards and values

 

CROSS-CUTTING PRIORITIES

The SPA establishes 40 areas of mutual interest between the European Union and Japan. Connectivity, Security and Defence, Development Cooperation in Africa, Demography, Green Recovery and Digitalisation are consiered cross-cutting priorities.

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Working on a wide range of connectivity areas, including transport, energy and people-to-people

CONNECTIVITY

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Collaborating on capabilities to allow the EU and Japan to adapt to a shifting geopolitical landscape

SECURITY AND

DEFENCE

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Taking shared responsabilities on infrastructure projects in Africa

DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION

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Establishing a policy dialogue for the exchange of information and good practice on demographic change

DEMOGRAPHY

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Developing strategies that will lead to the creation of climate-neutral and resource-efficient economies

GREEN RECOVERY

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Engaging in policy discussions on topics including cybersecurity, 5G and 6G technology and R&D

DIGITALISATION

SUPPORT FACILITY FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EU-JAPAN STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT

The European Union launched the Support Facility in 2019 to contribute to the effective implementation of the SPA, including strengthened cooperation in selected policy areas of EU-Japan mutual interest. The project aims to enhance awareness, understanding and transparency of the EU-Japan SPA amongst stakeholders and the general public, to support the EU-Japan policy dialogues, to promote the participation of a wide variety of stakeholders, and to align legislative and policy approaches in areas of mutual interest, including by implementing joint EU-Japan initiatives.

Completed projects

Expert workshop on Maritime Security and Defence Capabilities

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EU-Japan Webinar Series on COVID-19

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EU-Japan Joint Workshop on ICT Strategies

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Expert workshop on Maritime Security and Defence Capabilities

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HOW IT WORKS AND

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

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The initiatives to be promoted are usually identified in the context of High-Level Sector Dialogues and EU-Japan bilateral talks, which take place on a regular basis. The activities are a response to the priorities and mutual interests of the EU and Japan, and they involve both the EU Directorates General and their Japanese counterparts in a proactive way.


The SPA aims to involve a broad spectrum of stakeholders. Public entities, private businesses, civil society organisations and academics with connections to EU–Japan relations are encouraged to participate in the activities and propose new potential initiatives aligned with the priorities and shared interests of the EU and Japan.

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