EU-Japan leaders’ video conference meeting, 26 May 2020

Publication Date 26/05/2020
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Leaders from Japan and the European Union (EU) held a meeting via videoconference on 26 May 2020.

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The leaders recognised that global solidarity, cooperation and effective multilateralism were required to defeat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) as well as to ensure economic recovery. They emphasised the importance of strengthening preparedness and of improving the internal response, including through relevant organisations while reaffirming the role of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in coordinating the fight against the pandemic. Leaders also reaffirmed their commitment to global collaboration and sustained funding for the development of effective antiviral medicines, diagnostics, treatments and vaccines in order to make them available to all at an affordable price.

The EU and Japan leaders stressed their determination to ensure a robust recovery and rebuild more sustainable, inclusive and resilient economies. They underlined the importance of keeping the trading system open and committed to cooperate to facilitate the flow of medical supplies, agricultural products, raw materials and other goods and services.

The leaders also discussed the geopolitical situation in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic. They reaffirmed their commitment to the Japan-EU strategic partnership in tackling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and other common challenges . They also expressed their determination to continue implementing the Japan-EU Strategic Partnership Agreement and the Economic Partnership Agreement.

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EurActiv, 26/05/2020: EU and Japan commit to avoiding ‘unnecessary barriers’ in times of COVID-19
NHK World, 26/05/2020: Japan, EU agree to create treatment framework
The Japan Times, 27/05/2020: Japan and EU back independent probe into WHO coronavirus response

European Commission: Joint press release: Japan-EU Leaders' meeting (26 May 2020)
European Council: Remarks by President Charles Michel after the EU-Japan Leaders' meeting (26 May 2020)

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