The European Union (EU) was created in 1957 as part of the European Economic Community (EEC) and has, as of today, 27 Member States. It is an organisation without equivalent in the world.

Since 2015, European trade policy has significantly evolved and the EU has concluded and started applying new trade agreements especially between the EU regions and African, Caribbean and pacific (ACP) countries and regions.
Trade with ACP countries represent more than 5 % of EU imports and exports.

On 17 July 2018, the European Union and Japan signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), the biggest trade agreement ever negotiated by the EU that will create an open trade zone covering over 600 million people. The EPA came into force on 1st February 2019.
EPA Helpdesk

Tools and Programmes

Tools & Programmes

The EU Japan Regional Cooperation Helpdesk provides tools and information on European initiatives, actions and events for European Regions & Clusters and Japanese Prefectures & Clusters. The EJRC Helpdesk offers regular information and guidance  in order to fully exploit these existing EU programmes and funding.

Obtaining guidance and information (existing tools, funding, instruments, programs) and accelerating your project with Europe!

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EU Clusters & Regions members of the EJRC Helpdesk

Clusters & Regions members

Discover an overview of all the European Regions and Cluster members of the EU-Japan Regional Cooperation Helpdesk to find and identify your potential best new partner(s)!


Searching for partners

Discover all the Regions and Clusters searching for new partners! 

You are a European Region / Cluster willing to cooperate with Japan

Join the EU-Japan Regional Cooperation platform to

  • Obtain guidance and information (existing tools, funding, instruments, programmes) and set the gears of your project with Europe and/or Japan in motion.
  • Find European and Japanese partners to establish new regional cooperation and reinforce existing ones
  • Connect with the EU and Japan initiatives which facilitate regional and business cooperation such as European Cluster Collaboration Platform, JETRO Regional Industry Tie-Up, Enterprise Europe Network, Horizon 2020, European Regional Networks
  • Highlight and share your best practices with Europe/Japan, at the EU-Japan level in each EU regions / Japanese prefectures, members of the platform (website, newsletter, social networks)
  • Participate in our first EU-Japan regional cooperation conference in February 2021 (tbc) to present your cluster, region, prefectures and for partnering and matchmaking.
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