Following discussions at technical level, negotiations continue on investment protection standards and dispute resolution.
Discussions focussed on the main elements of investment protection. In this respect, while acknowledging a large degree of convergence on investment protection standards, the chief negotiators noted that further discussions would be needed in order to bridge differences in the positions between the two sides, in particular with regard to the mechanism for resolving investment protection disputes.
The chief negotiators reiterated the importance of the negotiations and their intention to conclude the talks swiftly, in light of their shared commitment to a stable and secure investment environment in Europe and Japan. The next negotiating meeting is planned to take place in Tokyo in late autumn.