The EU-Japan Business Round Table (BRT) was created in 1999 and is made up of around 50 CEOs/senior executives from leading EU and Japanese firms. Its co-Chairmen are Eric Schulz and Kazuo Tsukuda (Senior Executive Adviser, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.). The BRT meets once a year to review the factors affecting all aspects of business cooperation between the EU and Japan, and to make policy Recommendations to the European Commission and Japanese Government.
The BRT Annual Meeting concludes with the submission of detailed Recommendations to the EU and Japanese Authorities on how they can promote trade, particularly focusing on recommendations for regulatory reform. Each year, the Japanese Government and European Commission submit Progress Reports outlining how they have enacted the Recommendations submitted at the previous BRT Annual Meeting. EU Commissioners, Japanese Government Ministers and senior civil servants attend the Round Table, to give oral reports and take part in a Q&A session.
The work of the BRT is prepared by the Round Table’s working parties. Currently there are working parties on: "Trade Relations; Investment and Regulatory Cooperation; Financial Services, Accounting and Taxation", "Life Sciences & Biotechnology, Healthcare & Well-Being", "Digital Innovation & Mobility" and on "Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development".
As the Round Table's secretariat, the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation organises its annual plenary meetings and maintains its website.
The 19th EU-Japan Business Round Table (BRT) meeting took place at the Palais d'Égmont in Brussels on 11 July 2017. Pictures and documents from the event can be found on the BRT website. The 20th annual meeting will take place in Tokyo in April 2018.
For more information about the BRT see: http://www.eu-japan-brt.eu