Zagreb: hotel Dubrovnik, Gajeva 1

Institute for Development and International Relations organises one-day conference with the aim to raise awareness and explore potential to tackle local and global challenges based on Croatia/EU cooperation with Japan. Conference  will promote common values that EU and Japan share and explore potential emerging from cooperation between Croatia, EU and Japan to achieve EU priorities until 2024: protecting citizens and freedoms; developing a strong and vibrant economic base; building a climate-neutral, green, fair and social Europe; and promoting European interests and values on the global stage.

These priorities are coherent with bilateral agreements between the EU and Japan, namely Strategic Partnerships Agreement (SPA) and Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). SPA sets out a framework for enhanced political and sectoral cooperation and joint actions based on common values and shared commitment to strengthen the rules-based global order and enhance global governance (multilateralism, the rule of law, democracy, respect for human rights, open markets, free and fair trade). EPA, that entered into force in February 2019, focuses on economic issues such as liberalisation of trade in goods and services, investment, e-commerce, intellectual property, regulatory cooperation. Bilateral agreements support common endeavours to defend a rules-based multilateral trading system established by World Trade Organisation, to promote the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate action and the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals. The seminar will include three sessions; first will deal with common values (rule of law, democracy, human rights) as a basis for cooperation and common actions. The second session will outline opportunities emerging from Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement and the third will focus on global issues and link them with SPA.

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