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Parliamentary questions
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18 April 2018
Question for written answer E-002200-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
João Ferreira (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Free trade agreement/economic partnership agreement between the EU and Japan
 Answer in writing 

The Commission has submitted to the Council the results of negotiations with Japan for a free trade agreement between that country and the EU.

However, negotiations with Japan remain ongoing on standards for ‘investment protection’ and the settlement of ‘investment protection’ disputes.

According to the press release issued by the Commission, it intends for the agreement to enter in force before the end of its current mandate, in 2019.

The Commission states: ‘the agreement negotiated with Japan has grown in scope and depth to an extent that is more accurately reflected in the designation Economic Partnership Agreement. In the same vein as other agreements concluded recently by the EU, the partnership with Japan goes beyond trade issues only.’

Given the foregoing, and the Commission’s reticence to submit agreements in similar areas for ratification by the Member States — as was the case with the agreement with Canada (CETA) — I would like to request detailed information on the process of ratifying this agreement. Does the Commission acknowledge that this is a mixed agreement and that, as such, it must be ratified by each of the 28 Member States?

Original language of question: PT 
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