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Belgium: Abe and EU sign free trade deal in Brussels 01:28

Belgium: Abe and EU sign free trade deal in Brussels

Belgium, Brussels
July 6, 2017 at 11:55 GMT +00:00 · Published

President of the European Commission Claude Juncker announced that the European Union and Japan had formally agreed an outline free-trade deal alongside the Japanese President Shinzo Abe and President of the European Council Donald Tusk in Brussels, Thursday.

"The depth of this agreement goes beyond free trade, goes far beyond our shores, it makes a statement about the future of open and fair trade in today's world. It sets the standards for others and it shows that closing ourselves off to the world is neither good for business, nor for the global economy nor for workers" said Juncker.

The plan was signed on the eve of the G20 in Hamburg and follows the collapse of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement between Japan, the USA and other Pacific ring countries when Donald Trump pulled out in January.

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President of the European Commission Claude Juncker announced that the European Union and Japan had formally agreed an outline free-trade deal alongside the Japanese President Shinzo Abe and President of the European Council Donald Tusk in Brussels, Thursday.

"The depth of this agreement goes beyond free trade, goes far beyond our shores, it makes a statement about the future of open and fair trade in today's world. It sets the standards for others and it shows that closing ourselves off to the world is neither good for business, nor for the global economy nor for workers" said Juncker.

The plan was signed on the eve of the G20 in Hamburg and follows the collapse of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement between Japan, the USA and other Pacific ring countries when Donald Trump pulled out in January.

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