The EU-Japan EPA offers opportunities to EU businesses in the Japanese Government procurement market on top of those already available for foreign companies under the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA). Japan has agreed to further open its government tenders to EU companies and to commit itself to lessening barriers, which were perceived as hampering competition on a level playing field with Japanese companies.
The complete text of the EPA and its Annexes can be found on the following website of the European Commission:
The European Commission also published a Guide for EU Suppliers on Government Procurement in Japan designed to assist companies in the EU that seek to supply work, goods, or services to public entities in Japan through public procurement or similar processes. The guide explains the main changes in the scope of the government procurement activities introduced by the EU-Japan EPA and provides an overview of the strengthened transparency-related rules.
For its part, the EU-Japan Centre published materials and organised webinars on the following topics:
> For further information about Japanese government procurement and assistance with your tax questions, please consult our Japan Tax & Public Procurement Helpdesk.
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