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New Stage in Partnerships between the EU and Japan: Role of the Energy Charter Treaty

A debate on the topic "The EU and Japan: A New Stage in Partnerships" was organised on 21 April 2015 in Brussels by the Kangaroo Group.

This event was designed to strengthen further the current between the European Union and Japan. H.E. Keiichi Katakami, Ambassador from the Permanent Mission of Japan to the EU and Vice-Chair of the Energy Charter Conference, stressed the significant potential for energy cooperation. In particular, one of the three key areas highlighted for such cooperation was the development of a  global energy framework, where the Energy Charter Treaty plays an important role. According to Ambassador Kitakami, the Treaty provides a functional and well-working framework, including legal stability for energy investments.

Similarly, Mr. Jun Arima, Director General of JETRO London (Japan External Trade Organisation) underlined the need for a dialogue on energy security and market development, in which the Energy Charter Treaty has an important role to play, together with other international organisations such as the International Energy Agency.

Japan will take the Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference in January 2016.