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2023/0450(NLE) EU/Japan Economic Partnership Agreement: free flow of data

Progress: Procedure completed, awaiting publication in Official Journal

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead INTA LANCINI Danilo Oscar (icon: ID ID) MUSSOLINI Alessandra (icon: EPP EPP), RODRÍGUEZ-PIÑERO Inma (icon: S&D S&D), ANDREWS Barry (icon: Renew Renew), BÜTIKOFER Reinhard (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), BERLATO Sergio (icon: ECR ECR), SCHOLZ Helmut (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL)
Committee Opinion LIBE
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 207-p4, TFEU 218-p6a, TFEU 218-p7

Events

2024/04/29
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after consultation of Parliament
2024/03/14
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2024/03/14
   EP - Decision by Parliament
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 453 votes to 34, with 60 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol amending the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership.

The European Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the protocol.

The EU and Japan are among the largest digital economies in the world. The EU seeks to accelerate and harness the benefits of the further digitalisation of the global economy and society. Data governance and cross-border data flows are crucial to this development. Data is the lifeline of many businesses and a critical component of business models and supply chains across many economic sectors.

By decision of 12 July 2022, the Council approved negotiating directives for the Commission to negotiate the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows in the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership. The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) that entered into force on 1 February 2019, foresaw that the EU and Japan would assess the need for the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows within 3 years of the date of entry into force of the EPA.

On 24 October 2022, the EU and Japan launched the negotiations on cross-border data flows. On 28 October 2023, the negotiations were concluded in principle at the EU-Japan High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED).

This Agreement brings much needed legal certainty that data flows between the EU and Japan will not be hampered by unjustified data localisation measures, and ensures the benefit from the free flow of data with trust in full compliance with our respective rules on data protection and the digital economy.

The outcome of the negotiations confirms EU and Japan continued commitment to the rules-based international trading system and joint determination to shape global data flow rules that respect shared values and respective regulatory approaches. Moreover, this Agreement will contribute to deepening the partnership with Japan, which is a crucial EU partner in the Indo-Pacific.

Documents
2024/03/08
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on International Trade adopted the report by Danilo Oscar LANCINI (ID, IT) on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol amending the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership.

The committee recommended that the European Parliament give its consent to the conclusion of the Protocol.

By decision of 12 July 2022, the Council approved negotiating directives for the Commission to negotiate the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows in the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership. On 24 October 2022, the EU and Japan launched the negotiations on cross-border data flows. On 28 October 2023, the negotiations were concluded in principle at the EU-Japan High-Level Economic Dialogue.

This agreement brings much needed legal certainty that data flows between the EU and Japan will not be hampered by unjustified data localisation measures, and ensures the benefit from the free flow of data with trust in full compliance with our respective rules on data protection and the digital economy.

The outcome of the negotiations confirms EU and Japan continued commitment to the rules-based international trading system and joint determination to shape global data flow rules that respect shared values and respective regulatory approaches. Moreover, this agreement will contribute to deepening the partnership with Japan, which is a crucial EU partner in the Indo-Pacific.

Negotiated rules on cross-border data flows with Japan complement the existing mutual adequacy arrangement between the EU and Japan for personal data, and are in line with the consolidated proposal for provisions on cross-border data flows and protection of personal data and privacy in trade agreements. The proposal pursues the Commission’s strategy laid down in the Trade Policy Review, the EU Data Strategy, the Joint Communication on the EU Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and in the Joint Declaration on privacy and the protection of personal data co-signed by the EU and Japan.

Documents
2024/03/07
   EP - Vote in committee
2024/02/26
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament
2024/01/31
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to conclude, on behalf of the European Union, the Protocol amending the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement on the free movement of data.

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

BACKGROUND: by decision of 12 July 2023, the Council approved negotiating directives for the Commission to negotiate the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows in the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership.

On 24 October 2022, the EU and Japan launched the negotiations on cross-border data flows. The negotiations were concluded in principle on 28 October 2023.

The Protocol amending the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement as regards the free movement of data was signed subject to its conclusion at a later date. The Protocol should be approved on behalf of the Union.

CONTENT: the Council draft concerns the approval, on behalf of the Union, of the Protocol amending the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement.

Cross-border transfer of information by electronic means

According to the Protocol, the Parties are committed to ensuring the cross-border transfer of information by electronic means where this activity is for the conduct of the business of a covered person. To that end, a Party should not adopt or maintain measures which prohibit or restrict the cross-border transfer of information by:

- requiring the use of computing facilities or network elements in the territory of the Party for information processing, including by requiring the use of computing facilities or network elements that are certified or approved in the territory of the Party;

- requiring the localisation of information in the territory of the Party for storage or processing;

- prohibiting storage or processing of information in the territory of the other Party;

- making the cross-border transfer of information contingent upon use of computing facilities or network elements in the territory of the Party or upon localisation requirements in the territory of the Party;

- prohibiting the transfer of information into the territory of the Party; or

- requiring the approval of the Party prior to the transfer of information to the territory of the other Party.

Protection of Personal Data

The Parties recognise that individuals have a right to the protection of their personal data and privacy as provided for by the laws and regulations of each Party and that high standards in this regard contribute to trust in the digital economy and to the development of trade. Each Party recognises the right of the other Party to determine the appropriate level of the protection of personal data and privacy, to be provided for by their respective measures.

Each Party should: (i) endeavour to adopt measures that protect individuals, without discrimination based on grounds such as nationality or residence, from personal data protection violations occurring within its jurisdiction; (ii) adopt or maintain a legal framework that provides for the protection of personal data related to electronic commerce.

Lastly, the provision concerning financial data is deleted.

Documents
2024/01/03
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2023/12/12
   EP - LANCINI Danilo Oscar (ID) appointed as rapporteur in INTA
2023/12/01
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2023/12/01
   EP - Preparatory document
Details

PURPOSE: to conclude, on behalf of the European Union, the Protocol amending the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement on the free movement of data.

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

BACKGROUND: by decision of 12 July 2023, the Council approved negotiating directives for the Commission to negotiate the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows in the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership.

On 24 October 2022, the EU and Japan launched the negotiations on cross-border data flows. The negotiations were concluded in principle on 28 October 2023.

Data is the lifeline of many businesses and a critical component of business models and supply chains across many economic sectors. The outcome of the negotiations confirms EU and Japan continued commitment to the rules-based international trading system and joint determination to shape global data flow rules that respect shared values and respective regulatory approaches.

CONTENT: the Commission proposes that the Council decide to approve, on behalf of the Union, the Protocol amending the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement on the free movement of data.

This agreement brings much needed legal certainty that data flows between the EU and Japan will not be hampered by unjustified data localisation measures, and ensures the benefit from the free flow of data with trust in full compliance with our respective rules on data protection and the digital economy.

The proposal concerns:

- the addition of definition of “covered person” defining the scope of the provisions concerned;

- the rules for cross-border transfer of information by electronic means based on a closed list of prohibited measures restricting cross-border flow of information and relevant exceptions;

- personal data protection. In line with EU practice and with the consolidated proposal for provisions on cross-border data flows and protection of personal data and privacy in trade agreements it recognises each Party's right to determine the appropriate level of privacy and personal data protection;

- the deletion of the provision concerning financial data.

Documents

Votes

A9-0081/2024 – Danilo Oscar Lancini – Draft Council decision #

2024/03/14 Outcome: +: 453, 0: 60, -: 34
DE IT PL FR ES NL RO CZ HR HU PT BE BG SK SE AT FI EE DK SI LT LV EL LU MT IE CY
Total
77
52
47
67
51
27
19
20
12
12
18
16
11
10
14
12
10
7
10
7
9
7
9
5
3
13
2
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Austria PPE

2

Estonia PPE

For (1)

1

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3

Luxembourg PPE

For (1)

1

Malta PPE

For (1)

1
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France S&D

Abstain (1)

3

Czechia S&D

For (1)

1

Belgium S&D

1

Bulgaria S&D

2

Slovakia S&D

For (1)

1

Finland S&D

1

Estonia S&D

2

Slovenia S&D

2

Lithuania S&D

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Greece S&D

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Luxembourg S&D

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1

Croatia Renew

For (1)

1

Hungary Renew

2

Belgium Renew

2

Slovakia Renew

For (1)

1
3

Finland Renew

2

Estonia Renew

3

Slovenia Renew

2

Lithuania Renew

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Latvia Renew

For (1)

1

Greece Renew

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Germany ECR

1

France ECR

For (1)

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Bulgaria ECR

For (1)

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Slovakia ECR

For (1)

1

Finland ECR

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Czechia ID

For (1)

1

Belgium ID

2
3

Estonia ID

For (1)

1

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For (1)

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33

Germany NI

For (1)

Against (1)

2

France NI

For (1)

1

Netherlands NI

Against (1)

1

Romania NI

For (1)

1

Czechia NI

For (1)

1

Belgium NI

For (1)

1

Latvia NI

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Italy Verts/ALE

Against (1)

3

Poland Verts/ALE

Abstain (1)

1

Spain Verts/ALE

3

Netherlands Verts/ALE

3

Czechia Verts/ALE

Against (1)

3

Portugal Verts/ALE

1

Belgium Verts/ALE

3

Sweden Verts/ALE

2

Austria Verts/ALE

Abstain (2)

2

Finland Verts/ALE

3

Denmark Verts/ALE

Abstain (1)

1

Lithuania Verts/ALE

2

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

Abstain (1)

1

Ireland Verts/ALE

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27
4

Netherlands The Left

Against (1)

1

Czechia The Left

Against (1)

1

Portugal The Left

3

Belgium The Left

Against (1)

1

Sweden The Left

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Denmark The Left

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Greece The Left

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Ireland The Left

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  • The Committee on International Trade adopted the report by Danilo Oscar LANCINI (ID, IT) on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol amending the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership.
  • The committee recommended that the European Parliament give its consent to the conclusion of the Protocol.
  • By decision of 12 July 2022, the Council approved negotiating directives for the Commission to negotiate the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows in the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership. On 24 October 2022, the EU and Japan launched the negotiations on cross-border data flows. On 28 October 2023, the negotiations were concluded in principle at the EU-Japan High-Level Economic Dialogue.
  • This agreement brings much needed legal certainty that data flows between the EU and Japan will not be hampered by unjustified data localisation measures, and ensures the benefit from the free flow of data with trust in full compliance with our respective rules on data protection and the digital economy.
  • The outcome of the negotiations confirms EU and Japan continued commitment to the rules-based international trading system and joint determination to shape global data flow rules that respect shared values and respective regulatory approaches. Moreover, this agreement will contribute to deepening the partnership with Japan, which is a crucial EU partner in the Indo-Pacific.
  • Negotiated rules on cross-border data flows with Japan complement the existing mutual adequacy arrangement between the EU and Japan for personal data, and are in line with the consolidated proposal for provisions on cross-border data flows and protection of personal data and privacy in trade agreements. The proposal pursues the Commission’s strategy laid down in the Trade Policy Review, the EU Data Strategy, the Joint Communication on the EU Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and in the Joint Declaration on privacy and the protection of personal data co-signed by the EU and Japan.
events/5/summary
  • The European Parliament adopted by 453 votes to 34, with 60 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol amending the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership.
  • The European Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the protocol.
  • The EU and Japan are among the largest digital economies in the world. The EU seeks to accelerate and harness the benefits of the further digitalisation of the global economy and society. Data governance and cross-border data flows are crucial to this development. Data is the lifeline of many businesses and a critical component of business models and supply chains across many economic sectors.
  • By decision of 12 July 2022, the Council approved negotiating directives for the Commission to negotiate the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows in the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership. The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) that entered into force on 1 February 2019, foresaw that the EU and Japan would assess the need for the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows within 3 years of the date of entry into force of the EPA.
  • On 24 October 2022, the EU and Japan launched the negotiations on cross-border data flows. On 28 October 2023, the negotiations were concluded in principle at the EU-Japan High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED).
  • This Agreement brings much needed legal certainty that data flows between the EU and Japan will not be hampered by unjustified data localisation measures, and ensures the benefit from the free flow of data with trust in full compliance with our respective rules on data protection and the digital economy.
  • The outcome of the negotiations confirms EU and Japan continued commitment to the rules-based international trading system and joint determination to shape global data flow rules that respect shared values and respective regulatory approaches. Moreover, this Agreement will contribute to deepening the partnership with Japan, which is a crucial EU partner in the Indo-Pacific.
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  • The Committee on International Trade adopted the report by Danilo Oscar LANCINI (ID, IT) on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol amending the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership.
  • The committee recommended that the European Parliament give its consent to the conclusion of the Protocol.
  • By decision of 12 July 2022, the Council approved negotiating directives for the Commission to negotiate the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows in the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership. On 24 October 2022, the EU and Japan launched the negotiations on cross-border data flows. On 28 October 2023, the negotiations were concluded in principle at the EU-Japan High-Level Economic Dialogue.
  • This agreement brings much needed legal certainty that data flows between the EU and Japan will not be hampered by unjustified data localisation measures, and ensures the benefit from the free flow of data with trust in full compliance with our respective rules on data protection and the digital economy.
  • The outcome of the negotiations confirms EU and Japan continued commitment to the rules-based international trading system and joint determination to shape global data flow rules that respect shared values and respective regulatory approaches. Moreover, this agreement will contribute to deepening the partnership with Japan, which is a crucial EU partner in the Indo-Pacific.
  • Negotiated rules on cross-border data flows with Japan complement the existing mutual adequacy arrangement between the EU and Japan for personal data, and are in line with the consolidated proposal for provisions on cross-border data flows and protection of personal data and privacy in trade agreements. The proposal pursues the Commission’s strategy laid down in the Trade Policy Review, the EU Data Strategy, the Joint Communication on the EU Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and in the Joint Declaration on privacy and the protection of personal data co-signed by the EU and Japan.
events/5/summary
  • The European Parliament adopted by 453 votes to 34, with 60 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol amending the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership.
  • The European Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the protocol.
  • The EU and Japan are among the largest digital economies in the world. The EU seeks to accelerate and harness the benefits of the further digitalisation of the global economy and society. Data governance and cross-border data flows are crucial to this development. Data is the lifeline of many businesses and a critical component of business models and supply chains across many economic sectors.
  • By decision of 12 July 2022, the Council approved negotiating directives for the Commission to negotiate the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows in the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership. The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) that entered into force on 1 February 2019, foresaw that the EU and Japan would assess the need for the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows within 3 years of the date of entry into force of the EPA.
  • On 24 October 2022, the EU and Japan launched the negotiations on cross-border data flows. On 28 October 2023, the negotiations were concluded in principle at the EU-Japan High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED).
  • This Agreement brings much needed legal certainty that data flows between the EU and Japan will not be hampered by unjustified data localisation measures, and ensures the benefit from the free flow of data with trust in full compliance with our respective rules on data protection and the digital economy.
  • The outcome of the negotiations confirms EU and Japan continued commitment to the rules-based international trading system and joint determination to shape global data flow rules that respect shared values and respective regulatory approaches. Moreover, this Agreement will contribute to deepening the partnership with Japan, which is a crucial EU partner in the Indo-Pacific.
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  • The Committee on International Trade adopted the report by Danilo Oscar LANCINI (ID, IT) on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol amending the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership.
  • The committee recommended that the European Parliament give its consent to the conclusion of the Protocol.
  • By decision of 12 July 2022, the Council approved negotiating directives for the Commission to negotiate the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows in the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership. On 24 October 2022, the EU and Japan launched the negotiations on cross-border data flows. On 28 October 2023, the negotiations were concluded in principle at the EU-Japan High-Level Economic Dialogue.
  • This agreement brings much needed legal certainty that data flows between the EU and Japan will not be hampered by unjustified data localisation measures, and ensures the benefit from the free flow of data with trust in full compliance with our respective rules on data protection and the digital economy.
  • The outcome of the negotiations confirms EU and Japan continued commitment to the rules-based international trading system and joint determination to shape global data flow rules that respect shared values and respective regulatory approaches. Moreover, this agreement will contribute to deepening the partnership with Japan, which is a crucial EU partner in the Indo-Pacific.
  • Negotiated rules on cross-border data flows with Japan complement the existing mutual adequacy arrangement between the EU and Japan for personal data, and are in line with the consolidated proposal for provisions on cross-border data flows and protection of personal data and privacy in trade agreements. The proposal pursues the Commission’s strategy laid down in the Trade Policy Review, the EU Data Strategy, the Joint Communication on the EU Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and in the Joint Declaration on privacy and the protection of personal data co-signed by the EU and Japan.
events/5/summary
  • The European Parliament adopted by 453 votes to 34, with 60 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol amending the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership.
  • The European Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the protocol.
  • The EU and Japan are among the largest digital economies in the world. The EU seeks to accelerate and harness the benefits of the further digitalisation of the global economy and society. Data governance and cross-border data flows are crucial to this development. Data is the lifeline of many businesses and a critical component of business models and supply chains across many economic sectors.
  • By decision of 12 July 2022, the Council approved negotiating directives for the Commission to negotiate the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows in the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership. The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) that entered into force on 1 February 2019, foresaw that the EU and Japan would assess the need for the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows within 3 years of the date of entry into force of the EPA.
  • On 24 October 2022, the EU and Japan launched the negotiations on cross-border data flows. On 28 October 2023, the negotiations were concluded in principle at the EU-Japan High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED).
  • This Agreement brings much needed legal certainty that data flows between the EU and Japan will not be hampered by unjustified data localisation measures, and ensures the benefit from the free flow of data with trust in full compliance with our respective rules on data protection and the digital economy.
  • The outcome of the negotiations confirms EU and Japan continued commitment to the rules-based international trading system and joint determination to shape global data flow rules that respect shared values and respective regulatory approaches. Moreover, this Agreement will contribute to deepening the partnership with Japan, which is a crucial EU partner in the Indo-Pacific.
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  • The Committee on International Trade adopted the report by Danilo Oscar LANCINI (ID, IT) on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol amending the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership.
  • The committee recommended that the European Parliament give its consent to the conclusion of the Protocol.
  • By decision of 12 July 2022, the Council approved negotiating directives for the Commission to negotiate the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows in the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership. On 24 October 2022, the EU and Japan launched the negotiations on cross-border data flows. On 28 October 2023, the negotiations were concluded in principle at the EU-Japan High-Level Economic Dialogue.
  • This agreement brings much needed legal certainty that data flows between the EU and Japan will not be hampered by unjustified data localisation measures, and ensures the benefit from the free flow of data with trust in full compliance with our respective rules on data protection and the digital economy.
  • The outcome of the negotiations confirms EU and Japan continued commitment to the rules-based international trading system and joint determination to shape global data flow rules that respect shared values and respective regulatory approaches. Moreover, this agreement will contribute to deepening the partnership with Japan, which is a crucial EU partner in the Indo-Pacific.
  • Negotiated rules on cross-border data flows with Japan complement the existing mutual adequacy arrangement between the EU and Japan for personal data, and are in line with the consolidated proposal for provisions on cross-border data flows and protection of personal data and privacy in trade agreements. The proposal pursues the Commission’s strategy laid down in the Trade Policy Review, the EU Data Strategy, the Joint Communication on the EU Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and in the Joint Declaration on privacy and the protection of personal data co-signed by the EU and Japan.
events/5/summary
  • The European Parliament adopted by 453 votes to 34, with 60 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol amending the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership.
  • The European Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the protocol.
  • The EU and Japan are among the largest digital economies in the world. The EU seeks to accelerate and harness the benefits of the further digitalisation of the global economy and society. Data governance and cross-border data flows are crucial to this development. Data is the lifeline of many businesses and a critical component of business models and supply chains across many economic sectors.
  • By decision of 12 July 2022, the Council approved negotiating directives for the Commission to negotiate the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows in the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership. The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) that entered into force on 1 February 2019, foresaw that the EU and Japan would assess the need for the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows within 3 years of the date of entry into force of the EPA.
  • On 24 October 2022, the EU and Japan launched the negotiations on cross-border data flows. On 28 October 2023, the negotiations were concluded in principle at the EU-Japan High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED).
  • This Agreement brings much needed legal certainty that data flows between the EU and Japan will not be hampered by unjustified data localisation measures, and ensures the benefit from the free flow of data with trust in full compliance with our respective rules on data protection and the digital economy.
  • The outcome of the negotiations confirms EU and Japan continued commitment to the rules-based international trading system and joint determination to shape global data flow rules that respect shared values and respective regulatory approaches. Moreover, this Agreement will contribute to deepening the partnership with Japan, which is a crucial EU partner in the Indo-Pacific.
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  • The Committee on International Trade adopted the report by Danilo Oscar LANCINI (ID, IT) on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol amending the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership.
  • The committee recommended that the European Parliament give its consent to the conclusion of the Protocol.
  • By decision of 12 July 2022, the Council approved negotiating directives for the Commission to negotiate the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows in the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership. On 24 October 2022, the EU and Japan launched the negotiations on cross-border data flows. On 28 October 2023, the negotiations were concluded in principle at the EU-Japan High-Level Economic Dialogue.
  • This agreement brings much needed legal certainty that data flows between the EU and Japan will not be hampered by unjustified data localisation measures, and ensures the benefit from the free flow of data with trust in full compliance with our respective rules on data protection and the digital economy.
  • The outcome of the negotiations confirms EU and Japan continued commitment to the rules-based international trading system and joint determination to shape global data flow rules that respect shared values and respective regulatory approaches. Moreover, this agreement will contribute to deepening the partnership with Japan, which is a crucial EU partner in the Indo-Pacific.
  • Negotiated rules on cross-border data flows with Japan complement the existing mutual adequacy arrangement between the EU and Japan for personal data, and are in line with the consolidated proposal for provisions on cross-border data flows and protection of personal data and privacy in trade agreements. The proposal pursues the Commission’s strategy laid down in the Trade Policy Review, the EU Data Strategy, the Joint Communication on the EU Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and in the Joint Declaration on privacy and the protection of personal data co-signed by the EU and Japan.
events/5/summary
  • The European Parliament adopted by 453 votes to 34, with 60 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol amending the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership.
  • The European Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the protocol.
  • The EU and Japan are among the largest digital economies in the world. The EU seeks to accelerate and harness the benefits of the further digitalisation of the global economy and society. Data governance and cross-border data flows are crucial to this development. Data is the lifeline of many businesses and a critical component of business models and supply chains across many economic sectors.
  • By decision of 12 July 2022, the Council approved negotiating directives for the Commission to negotiate the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows in the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership. The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) that entered into force on 1 February 2019, foresaw that the EU and Japan would assess the need for the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows within 3 years of the date of entry into force of the EPA.
  • On 24 October 2022, the EU and Japan launched the negotiations on cross-border data flows. On 28 October 2023, the negotiations were concluded in principle at the EU-Japan High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED).
  • This Agreement brings much needed legal certainty that data flows between the EU and Japan will not be hampered by unjustified data localisation measures, and ensures the benefit from the free flow of data with trust in full compliance with our respective rules on data protection and the digital economy.
  • The outcome of the negotiations confirms EU and Japan continued commitment to the rules-based international trading system and joint determination to shape global data flow rules that respect shared values and respective regulatory approaches. Moreover, this Agreement will contribute to deepening the partnership with Japan, which is a crucial EU partner in the Indo-Pacific.
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  • The Committee on International Trade adopted the report by Danilo Oscar LANCINI (ID, IT) on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol amending the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership.
  • The committee recommended that the European Parliament give its consent to the conclusion of the Protocol.
  • By decision of 12 July 2022, the Council approved negotiating directives for the Commission to negotiate the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows in the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership. On 24 October 2022, the EU and Japan launched the negotiations on cross-border data flows. On 28 October 2023, the negotiations were concluded in principle at the EU-Japan High-Level Economic Dialogue.
  • This agreement brings much needed legal certainty that data flows between the EU and Japan will not be hampered by unjustified data localisation measures, and ensures the benefit from the free flow of data with trust in full compliance with our respective rules on data protection and the digital economy.
  • The outcome of the negotiations confirms EU and Japan continued commitment to the rules-based international trading system and joint determination to shape global data flow rules that respect shared values and respective regulatory approaches. Moreover, this agreement will contribute to deepening the partnership with Japan, which is a crucial EU partner in the Indo-Pacific.
  • Negotiated rules on cross-border data flows with Japan complement the existing mutual adequacy arrangement between the EU and Japan for personal data, and are in line with the consolidated proposal for provisions on cross-border data flows and protection of personal data and privacy in trade agreements. The proposal pursues the Commission’s strategy laid down in the Trade Policy Review, the EU Data Strategy, the Joint Communication on the EU Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and in the Joint Declaration on privacy and the protection of personal data co-signed by the EU and Japan.
events/5/summary
  • The European Parliament adopted by 453 votes to 34, with 60 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol amending the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership.
  • The European Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the protocol.
  • The EU and Japan are among the largest digital economies in the world. The EU seeks to accelerate and harness the benefits of the further digitalisation of the global economy and society. Data governance and cross-border data flows are crucial to this development. Data is the lifeline of many businesses and a critical component of business models and supply chains across many economic sectors.
  • By decision of 12 July 2022, the Council approved negotiating directives for the Commission to negotiate the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows in the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership. The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) that entered into force on 1 February 2019, foresaw that the EU and Japan would assess the need for the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows within 3 years of the date of entry into force of the EPA.
  • On 24 October 2022, the EU and Japan launched the negotiations on cross-border data flows. On 28 October 2023, the negotiations were concluded in principle at the EU-Japan High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED).
  • This Agreement brings much needed legal certainty that data flows between the EU and Japan will not be hampered by unjustified data localisation measures, and ensures the benefit from the free flow of data with trust in full compliance with our respective rules on data protection and the digital economy.
  • The outcome of the negotiations confirms EU and Japan continued commitment to the rules-based international trading system and joint determination to shape global data flow rules that respect shared values and respective regulatory approaches. Moreover, this Agreement will contribute to deepening the partnership with Japan, which is a crucial EU partner in the Indo-Pacific.
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  • The Committee on International Trade adopted the report by Danilo Oscar LANCINI (ID, IT) on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol amending the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership.
  • The committee recommended that the European Parliament give its consent to the conclusion of the Protocol.
  • By decision of 12 July 2022, the Council approved negotiating directives for the Commission to negotiate the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows in the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership. On 24 October 2022, the EU and Japan launched the negotiations on cross-border data flows. On 28 October 2023, the negotiations were concluded in principle at the EU-Japan High-Level Economic Dialogue.
  • This agreement brings much needed legal certainty that data flows between the EU and Japan will not be hampered by unjustified data localisation measures, and ensures the benefit from the free flow of data with trust in full compliance with our respective rules on data protection and the digital economy.
  • The outcome of the negotiations confirms EU and Japan continued commitment to the rules-based international trading system and joint determination to shape global data flow rules that respect shared values and respective regulatory approaches. Moreover, this agreement will contribute to deepening the partnership with Japan, which is a crucial EU partner in the Indo-Pacific.
  • Negotiated rules on cross-border data flows with Japan complement the existing mutual adequacy arrangement between the EU and Japan for personal data, and are in line with the consolidated proposal for provisions on cross-border data flows and protection of personal data and privacy in trade agreements. The proposal pursues the Commission’s strategy laid down in the Trade Policy Review, the EU Data Strategy, the Joint Communication on the EU Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and in the Joint Declaration on privacy and the protection of personal data co-signed by the EU and Japan.
events/5/summary
  • The European Parliament adopted by 453 votes to 34, with 60 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol amending the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership.
  • The European Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the protocol.
  • The EU and Japan are among the largest digital economies in the world. The EU seeks to accelerate and harness the benefits of the further digitalisation of the global economy and society. Data governance and cross-border data flows are crucial to this development. Data is the lifeline of many businesses and a critical component of business models and supply chains across many economic sectors.
  • By decision of 12 July 2022, the Council approved negotiating directives for the Commission to negotiate the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows in the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership. The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) that entered into force on 1 February 2019, foresaw that the EU and Japan would assess the need for the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows within 3 years of the date of entry into force of the EPA.
  • On 24 October 2022, the EU and Japan launched the negotiations on cross-border data flows. On 28 October 2023, the negotiations were concluded in principle at the EU-Japan High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED).
  • This Agreement brings much needed legal certainty that data flows between the EU and Japan will not be hampered by unjustified data localisation measures, and ensures the benefit from the free flow of data with trust in full compliance with our respective rules on data protection and the digital economy.
  • The outcome of the negotiations confirms EU and Japan continued commitment to the rules-based international trading system and joint determination to shape global data flow rules that respect shared values and respective regulatory approaches. Moreover, this Agreement will contribute to deepening the partnership with Japan, which is a crucial EU partner in the Indo-Pacific.
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  • The Committee on International Trade adopted the report by Danilo Oscar LANCINI (ID, IT) on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol amending the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership.
  • The committee recommended that the European Parliament give its consent to the conclusion of the Protocol.
  • By decision of 12 July 2022, the Council approved negotiating directives for the Commission to negotiate the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows in the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership. On 24 October 2022, the EU and Japan launched the negotiations on cross-border data flows. On 28 October 2023, the negotiations were concluded in principle at the EU-Japan High-Level Economic Dialogue.
  • This agreement brings much needed legal certainty that data flows between the EU and Japan will not be hampered by unjustified data localisation measures, and ensures the benefit from the free flow of data with trust in full compliance with our respective rules on data protection and the digital economy.
  • The outcome of the negotiations confirms EU and Japan continued commitment to the rules-based international trading system and joint determination to shape global data flow rules that respect shared values and respective regulatory approaches. Moreover, this agreement will contribute to deepening the partnership with Japan, which is a crucial EU partner in the Indo-Pacific.
  • Negotiated rules on cross-border data flows with Japan complement the existing mutual adequacy arrangement between the EU and Japan for personal data, and are in line with the consolidated proposal for provisions on cross-border data flows and protection of personal data and privacy in trade agreements. The proposal pursues the Commission’s strategy laid down in the Trade Policy Review, the EU Data Strategy, the Joint Communication on the EU Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and in the Joint Declaration on privacy and the protection of personal data co-signed by the EU and Japan.
events/5/summary
  • The European Parliament adopted by 453 votes to 34, with 60 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol amending the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership.
  • The European Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the protocol.
  • The EU and Japan are among the largest digital economies in the world. The EU seeks to accelerate and harness the benefits of the further digitalisation of the global economy and society. Data governance and cross-border data flows are crucial to this development. Data is the lifeline of many businesses and a critical component of business models and supply chains across many economic sectors.
  • By decision of 12 July 2022, the Council approved negotiating directives for the Commission to negotiate the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows in the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership. The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) that entered into force on 1 February 2019, foresaw that the EU and Japan would assess the need for the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows within 3 years of the date of entry into force of the EPA.
  • On 24 October 2022, the EU and Japan launched the negotiations on cross-border data flows. On 28 October 2023, the negotiations were concluded in principle at the EU-Japan High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED).
  • This Agreement brings much needed legal certainty that data flows between the EU and Japan will not be hampered by unjustified data localisation measures, and ensures the benefit from the free flow of data with trust in full compliance with our respective rules on data protection and the digital economy.
  • The outcome of the negotiations confirms EU and Japan continued commitment to the rules-based international trading system and joint determination to shape global data flow rules that respect shared values and respective regulatory approaches. Moreover, this Agreement will contribute to deepening the partnership with Japan, which is a crucial EU partner in the Indo-Pacific.
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  • The Committee on International Trade adopted the report by Danilo Oscar LANCINI (ID, IT) on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol amending the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership.
  • The committee recommended that the European Parliament give its consent to the conclusion of the Protocol.
  • By decision of 12 July 2022, the Council approved negotiating directives for the Commission to negotiate the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows in the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership. On 24 October 2022, the EU and Japan launched the negotiations on cross-border data flows. On 28 October 2023, the negotiations were concluded in principle at the EU-Japan High-Level Economic Dialogue.
  • This agreement brings much needed legal certainty that data flows between the EU and Japan will not be hampered by unjustified data localisation measures, and ensures the benefit from the free flow of data with trust in full compliance with our respective rules on data protection and the digital economy.
  • The outcome of the negotiations confirms EU and Japan continued commitment to the rules-based international trading system and joint determination to shape global data flow rules that respect shared values and respective regulatory approaches. Moreover, this agreement will contribute to deepening the partnership with Japan, which is a crucial EU partner in the Indo-Pacific.
  • Negotiated rules on cross-border data flows with Japan complement the existing mutual adequacy arrangement between the EU and Japan for personal data, and are in line with the consolidated proposal for provisions on cross-border data flows and protection of personal data and privacy in trade agreements. The proposal pursues the Commission’s strategy laid down in the Trade Policy Review, the EU Data Strategy, the Joint Communication on the EU Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and in the Joint Declaration on privacy and the protection of personal data co-signed by the EU and Japan.
events/5/summary
  • The European Parliament adopted by 453 votes to 34, with 60 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol amending the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership.
  • The European Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the protocol.
  • The EU and Japan are among the largest digital economies in the world. The EU seeks to accelerate and harness the benefits of the further digitalisation of the global economy and society. Data governance and cross-border data flows are crucial to this development. Data is the lifeline of many businesses and a critical component of business models and supply chains across many economic sectors.
  • By decision of 12 July 2022, the Council approved negotiating directives for the Commission to negotiate the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows in the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership. The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) that entered into force on 1 February 2019, foresaw that the EU and Japan would assess the need for the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows within 3 years of the date of entry into force of the EPA.
  • On 24 October 2022, the EU and Japan launched the negotiations on cross-border data flows. On 28 October 2023, the negotiations were concluded in principle at the EU-Japan High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED).
  • This Agreement brings much needed legal certainty that data flows between the EU and Japan will not be hampered by unjustified data localisation measures, and ensures the benefit from the free flow of data with trust in full compliance with our respective rules on data protection and the digital economy.
  • The outcome of the negotiations confirms EU and Japan continued commitment to the rules-based international trading system and joint determination to shape global data flow rules that respect shared values and respective regulatory approaches. Moreover, this Agreement will contribute to deepening the partnership with Japan, which is a crucial EU partner in the Indo-Pacific.
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  • The Committee on International Trade adopted the report by Danilo Oscar LANCINI (ID, IT) on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol amending the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership.
  • The committee recommended that the European Parliament give its consent to the conclusion of the Protocol.
  • By decision of 12 July 2022, the Council approved negotiating directives for the Commission to negotiate the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows in the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership. On 24 October 2022, the EU and Japan launched the negotiations on cross-border data flows. On 28 October 2023, the negotiations were concluded in principle at the EU-Japan High-Level Economic Dialogue.
  • This agreement brings much needed legal certainty that data flows between the EU and Japan will not be hampered by unjustified data localisation measures, and ensures the benefit from the free flow of data with trust in full compliance with our respective rules on data protection and the digital economy.
  • The outcome of the negotiations confirms EU and Japan continued commitment to the rules-based international trading system and joint determination to shape global data flow rules that respect shared values and respective regulatory approaches. Moreover, this agreement will contribute to deepening the partnership with Japan, which is a crucial EU partner in the Indo-Pacific.
  • Negotiated rules on cross-border data flows with Japan complement the existing mutual adequacy arrangement between the EU and Japan for personal data, and are in line with the consolidated proposal for provisions on cross-border data flows and protection of personal data and privacy in trade agreements. The proposal pursues the Commission’s strategy laid down in the Trade Policy Review, the EU Data Strategy, the Joint Communication on the EU Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and in the Joint Declaration on privacy and the protection of personal data co-signed by the EU and Japan.
events/5/summary
  • The European Parliament adopted by 453 votes to 34, with 60 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol amending the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership.
  • The European Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the protocol.
  • The EU and Japan are among the largest digital economies in the world. The EU seeks to accelerate and harness the benefits of the further digitalisation of the global economy and society. Data governance and cross-border data flows are crucial to this development. Data is the lifeline of many businesses and a critical component of business models and supply chains across many economic sectors.
  • By decision of 12 July 2022, the Council approved negotiating directives for the Commission to negotiate the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows in the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership. The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) that entered into force on 1 February 2019, foresaw that the EU and Japan would assess the need for the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows within 3 years of the date of entry into force of the EPA.
  • On 24 October 2022, the EU and Japan launched the negotiations on cross-border data flows. On 28 October 2023, the negotiations were concluded in principle at the EU-Japan High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED).
  • This Agreement brings much needed legal certainty that data flows between the EU and Japan will not be hampered by unjustified data localisation measures, and ensures the benefit from the free flow of data with trust in full compliance with our respective rules on data protection and the digital economy.
  • The outcome of the negotiations confirms EU and Japan continued commitment to the rules-based international trading system and joint determination to shape global data flow rules that respect shared values and respective regulatory approaches. Moreover, this Agreement will contribute to deepening the partnership with Japan, which is a crucial EU partner in the Indo-Pacific.
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  • The Committee on International Trade adopted the report by Danilo Oscar LANCINI (ID, IT) on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol amending the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership.
  • The committee recommended that the European Parliament give its consent to the conclusion of the Protocol.
  • By decision of 12 July 2022, the Council approved negotiating directives for the Commission to negotiate the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows in the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership. On 24 October 2022, the EU and Japan launched the negotiations on cross-border data flows. On 28 October 2023, the negotiations were concluded in principle at the EU-Japan High-Level Economic Dialogue.
  • This agreement brings much needed legal certainty that data flows between the EU and Japan will not be hampered by unjustified data localisation measures, and ensures the benefit from the free flow of data with trust in full compliance with our respective rules on data protection and the digital economy.
  • The outcome of the negotiations confirms EU and Japan continued commitment to the rules-based international trading system and joint determination to shape global data flow rules that respect shared values and respective regulatory approaches. Moreover, this agreement will contribute to deepening the partnership with Japan, which is a crucial EU partner in the Indo-Pacific.
  • Negotiated rules on cross-border data flows with Japan complement the existing mutual adequacy arrangement between the EU and Japan for personal data, and are in line with the consolidated proposal for provisions on cross-border data flows and protection of personal data and privacy in trade agreements. The proposal pursues the Commission’s strategy laid down in the Trade Policy Review, the EU Data Strategy, the Joint Communication on the EU Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and in the Joint Declaration on privacy and the protection of personal data co-signed by the EU and Japan.
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  • The European Parliament adopted by 453 votes to 34, with 60 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol amending the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership.
  • The European Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the protocol.
  • The EU and Japan are among the largest digital economies in the world. The EU seeks to accelerate and harness the benefits of the further digitalisation of the global economy and society. Data governance and cross-border data flows are crucial to this development. Data is the lifeline of many businesses and a critical component of business models and supply chains across many economic sectors.
  • By decision of 12 July 2022, the Council approved negotiating directives for the Commission to negotiate the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows in the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership. The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) that entered into force on 1 February 2019, foresaw that the EU and Japan would assess the need for the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows within 3 years of the date of entry into force of the EPA.
  • On 24 October 2022, the EU and Japan launched the negotiations on cross-border data flows. On 28 October 2023, the negotiations were concluded in principle at the EU-Japan High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED).
  • This Agreement brings much needed legal certainty that data flows between the EU and Japan will not be hampered by unjustified data localisation measures, and ensures the benefit from the free flow of data with trust in full compliance with our respective rules on data protection and the digital economy.
  • The outcome of the negotiations confirms EU and Japan continued commitment to the rules-based international trading system and joint determination to shape global data flow rules that respect shared values and respective regulatory approaches. Moreover, this Agreement will contribute to deepening the partnership with Japan, which is a crucial EU partner in the Indo-Pacific.
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  • PURPOSE: to conclude, on behalf of the European Union, the Protocol amending the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement on the free movement of data.
  • PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.
  • ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.
  • BACKGROUND: by decision of 12 July 2023, the Council approved negotiating directives for the Commission to negotiate the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows in the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership.
  • On 24 October 2022, the EU and Japan launched the negotiations on cross-border data flows. The negotiations were concluded in principle on 28 October 2023.
  • The Protocol amending the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement as regards the free movement of data was signed subject to its conclusion at a later date. The Protocol should be approved on behalf of the Union.
  • CONTENT: the Council draft concerns the approval, on behalf of the Union, of the Protocol amending the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement.
  • Cross-border transfer of information by electronic means
  • According to the Protocol, the Parties are committed to ensuring the cross-border transfer of information by electronic means where this activity is for the conduct of the business of a covered person. To that end, a Party should not adopt or maintain measures which prohibit or restrict the cross-border transfer of information by:
  • - requiring the use of computing facilities or network elements in the territory of the Party for information processing, including by requiring the use of computing facilities or network elements that are certified or approved in the territory of the Party;
  • - requiring the localisation of information in the territory of the Party for storage or processing;
  • - prohibiting storage or processing of information in the territory of the other Party;
  • - making the cross-border transfer of information contingent upon use of computing facilities or network elements in the territory of the Party or upon localisation requirements in the territory of the Party;
  • - prohibiting the transfer of information into the territory of the Party; or
  • - requiring the approval of the Party prior to the transfer of information to the territory of the other Party.
  • Protection of Personal Data
  • The Parties recognise that individuals have a right to the protection of their personal data and privacy as provided for by the laws and regulations of each Party and that high standards in this regard contribute to trust in the digital economy and to the development of trade. Each Party recognises the right of the other Party to determine the appropriate level of the protection of personal data and privacy, to be provided for by their respective measures.
  • Each Party should: (i) endeavour to adopt measures that protect individuals, without discrimination based on grounds such as nationality or residence, from personal data protection violations occurring within its jurisdiction; (ii) adopt or maintain a legal framework that provides for the protection of personal data related to electronic commerce.
  • Lastly, the provision concerning financial data is deleted.
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  • PURPOSE: to conclude, on behalf of the European Union, the Protocol amending the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement on the free movement of data.
  • PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.
  • ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.
  • BACKGROUND: by decision of 12 July 2023, the Council approved negotiating directives for the Commission to negotiate the inclusion of provisions on cross-border data flows in the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership.
  • On 24 October 2022, the EU and Japan launched the negotiations on cross-border data flows. The negotiations were concluded in principle on 28 October 2023.
  • Data is the lifeline of many businesses and a critical component of business models and supply chains across many economic sectors. The outcome of the negotiations confirms EU and Japan continued commitment to the rules-based international trading system and joint determination to shape global data flow rules that respect shared values and respective regulatory approaches.
  • CONTENT: the Commission proposes that the Council decide to approve, on behalf of the Union, the Protocol amending the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement on the free movement of data.
  • This agreement brings much needed legal certainty that data flows between the EU and Japan will not be hampered by unjustified data localisation measures, and ensures the benefit from the free flow of data with trust in full compliance with our respective rules on data protection and the digital economy.
  • The proposal concerns:
  • - the addition of definition of “covered person” defining the scope of the provisions concerned;
  • - the rules for cross-border transfer of information by electronic means based on a closed list of prohibited measures restricting cross-border flow of information and relevant exceptions;
  • - personal data protection. In line with EU practice and with the consolidated proposal for provisions on cross-border data flows and protection of personal data and privacy in trade agreements it recognises each Party's right to determine the appropriate level of privacy and personal data protection;
  • - the deletion of the provision concerning financial data.