Helpdesk for EU SMEs seeking to benefit from the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
The EU-Japan Centre is currently calling for expert proposals for its new EPA Helpdesk and Webinar series, as part of its "About Japan" information services and platform (www.eubusinessinjapan.eu).
The deadline for submitting proposals is 15 October 2018, at 12 PM Brussels time.
In December 2017, the European Union and Japan reached an agreement that finalised the negotiations of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between both regions. This finalisation should soon lead to the signature the EU-Japan EPA.
The EU-Japan EPA is expected to boost trade in goods and services and will create many opportunities for EU SMEs: tariffs on more than 90% of the EU's exports to Japan will be eliminated at entry into force of the EPA. This will affect a wide range of sectors covering agriculture and food products, industrial products (textile, clothing...), as well as forestry and fisheries. In addition, non-tariff barriers are expected to be substantially reduced for motor vehicles, medical devices, and "quasi drugs" sectors. Finally the agreement will facilitate the export of services on the Japanese market and will affect a significant number of sectors from telecommunications to postal services and financial sector.
In order to provide reliable and up-to-date and practical information and recommendations on potential benefits this EU-Japan EPA will offer to EU SMEs, the EU-Japan Centre is currently looking for experts wishing to get involved in this new project.
The project should last +/- 2 years and will be composed of at least 20 webinars and 20 factsheets/practical guides.
The project should start in October 2018.
EXPECTED DELIVERABLES DURING THE 2 YEARS CONTRACT:
Experts submit proposals for the whole series of deliverables.
Proposals should be written in English and include the following elements:
ATTENTION: These webinars and information sheets are intended for open access online publication, and they will be made public.
Your proposal should be sent by email to Jessica Michelson: firstname.lastname@example.org at the latest on Monday, 15 October 2018.
Selection criteria will include the background of the Author(s), including its “on the ground” experience, the quality of the contents and fees for service provisions. In addition, proposals which could contain interactive elements (i.e. embedded videos, etc.) may be favourably considered by the selection committee.
The results of the selection process will be announced early July. More technical specifications will be sent to successful candidate author(s).
Jessica Michelson: J.Michelson@eu-japan.eu – Tel: +32 2 282 0043
Deliverables (Fact sheets/guides/webinars) BEFORE and/or AFTER the EU-Japan EPA enters into force.
All following topics should at least be covered by the proposal:
More information on the project on: https://www.eu-japan.eu/epa-helpdesk
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