EP resolutions

Indo-Pacific: a region of key strategic significance for the EU

Parliament adopted a report on Tuesday, reflecting how the EU should protect its interests and work more closely with its partners in the Indo-Pacific.copy the link below

Japan’s decision to resume whaling in the 2015-2016 season 6 July 2016

Whale fishing policy
The Yushin Maru catcher ship of the Japanese whaling fleet harpoons a whale ©BELGA/AFP PHOTO/HO/GREENPEACE/JEREMY SUTTON-HIBBERT
The European Parliament adopted by 610 votes to 11, with 77 abstentions, a resolution on Japan's decision to resume whaling in the 2015-2016 season.

The text adopted in plenary was adopted by the EPP, S&D, ECR, ALDE, GUE/NGL, Greens/EFA and EFDD groups. Parliament recalled that in 1982 the International Whaling Commission (IWC) put in place a moratorium on all commercial whaling, which is still in force.

The resolution noted that the EU and its Member States have criticised Japan for resuming activities and for not paying sufficient regard to the 2014 ICJ opinion. In this regard Parliament called on Japan to stop its whaling activities and to abide by the conclusions of the IWC.

It urged the EU and its Member States to do their utmost to resolve the issue through political dialogue and through the IWC.

The Commission, the EEAS and the Member States are called upon to continuously engage with Japan on the issue of alleged scientific whaling with a view to abolishing the practice [...]

Resolution on the adequacy of the protection of personal data afforded by Japan 13 December 2018

EP resolution of 6 July 2020 International and domestic parental abduction of EU children in Japan

Members of Parliament are alarmed at the number of child abduction cases in Japan

The EP in EU-Japan relations

The parliamentary dimension of EU-Japan relations is very strong. The EP Delegation for Relations with
Japan (D-JP), together with the EP commitees, notably the Commitees on Foreign Affairs (AFET),
Internatonal Trade (INTA) and Transport (TRAN) and the Subcommitee on Security and Defence (SEDE)
have made a number of visits to Japan in recent years. The Japanese Parliament (the Diet) and the EP have
maintained a regular and very constructive inter-parliamentary dialogue since 1979. This cooperation has a
huge potential and is expected to be stepped up under the Strategic Partnership Agreement.
After the end of the negotiations of the Economic Partnership Agreement and the Strategic Partnership
Agreement, the EP granted its consent to both agreements in December 2018. The EP has exercised its
powers and passed several resolutions on Japan:

EU/Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement

Recommendations to the Council on the negotiations of the EU-Japan SPA

The European Parliament adopted by 490 votes to 18, with 62 abstentions, a resolution containing the European Parliament's recommendation to the Council, the Commission and the European External Action Service on the negotiations of the EU-Japan Strategic Partnership agreement.

Parliament urged, as a priority, the conclusion of the negotiations aiming at providing a long-standing framework for a closer relationship contributing considerably to the deepening of political, economic and cultural relations between both parties.

It sought to strengthen the political dialogue with this country by:

  • reaffirming shared values, common goals and responsibilities for the promotion of global peace and enhancing the non-proliferation, disarmament and elimination of weapons of mass destruction, cybersecurity and the fight against international crime;
  • enhancing cooperation and coordination in the international arena;
  • exploring the scope of enhancing cooperation on global security issues [...]

Resolution on EU trade negotiations with Japan

The European Parliament adopted a resolution tabled by the Committee on International Trade on EU trade negotiations with Japan.
The economic and political context: Members feel it is crucial for the EU to deepen its economic and trade relationships with major global economies such as Japan in order to maximise jobs and growth potential and are concerned that the EU's bilateral trading volume with Japan is dramatically lower than with other partners such as the USA, China and Russia.


Beyond the negotiations: lastly, Members state that, if negotiations are successful, the Commission must undertake a second impact assessment to evaluate the expected advantages and disadvantages of the agreement for EU jobs and growth, including an analysis of the impact on sensitive sectors such as automotives and electronics, and the benefits for the EU's offensive interests.

Resolution on EU trade negotiations with Japan

The European Parliament adopted by 517 votes to 74 with 89 abstentions a resolution on EU trade negotiations with Japan.

The resolution had been tabled by the EPP, S&D, Greens/EFA and GUE/NGL groups.

It notes that at the 20th EU-Japan Summit held on 28 May 2011 in Brussels, the summit leaders decided that the two sides would start discussions with a view to defining the scope and level of ambition of negotiations on an EU-Japan trade agreement. Parliament asks the Council not to authorise the opening of trade negotiations until Parliament has stated its position on the proposed negotiating mandate, on the basis of a report by the committee responsible.