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MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017 !

 

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Mery Christmas and a Happy New Year !!

Mery Christmas and a Happy New Year !!

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JOYEUX NOEL ET BONNE ANNEE 2017 !

良いお年をお迎え下さい。

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Shinnen Akemasite Omedetou Gozaimasu (GBMC)

Shinnen Akemasite Omedetou Gozaimasu (GBMC)

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We wish you a Happy End of the Year Holiday and we are looking forward to keeping in touch, working, engaging or exchanging with you again next year !
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In 2017, please feel free to contact us, as well as to follow us on our Blog (www.gbmc-blog.biz) or to check regularly our website (www.gbmc.biz) for updates.
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EU-Japan EPA: Why Europe needs to finalise a deal right now!!

Building a Bridge between Japan and the EU

Building a Bridge between Japan and the EU

 

The Executive Seminar “Building a Bridge between the Asia Pacific and the EU: The Strategic Significance of the EU-Japan FTA/EPA”, co-organised on February 10th, 2016 in Paris by JETRO and the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation, was a good opportunity for stakeholders to assess the current state of the trade negotiations as well as to reflect upon the whole process.

Indeed, while it was announced in 2015 that both parties would like to speed up the process and to finalise a “deal” by the end of the year, no breakthrough has been announced so far. Apparently, from the roundtable comments, it seems that both parties have acquired a “good understanding” of each other’s positions and that some progress has been made in taking Non-Tariff Measures, but that serious negotiations are is still needed.

Meanwhile, the flexibility within the TPP agreement seems to have made possible an early deal (November 2015) for the 12 related countries. The pact concerns Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam. It now awaits approval by each of the dozen members’ legislatures — a potentially contentious and lengthy process.

According to the Japan Times, ” some provisions in the 1,500-page document allow for nations to renegotiate terms and rules in some cases after a certain period of time. Such conditional arrangements helped them to conclude more than five years of intensive talks. The text also says multiple countries will relax visa requirements to let workers and their families relocate more easily. One of the provisions in the text allows nations to discuss the bringing forward of phased tariff abolition at the request of partners.

The 12 countries will also review within 3 years of entry into force (of the agreement) and at least every 5 years thereafter the economic relationship and partnership” among them and “consider any proposal to amend or modify the pact, according to the text. The Japanese government will remove tariffs on 95.1 percent of imported products, compared with the abolition of duties on nearly 100 percent of imported items by other members, as tariffs will remain for some agricultural products.”

During the Seminar’s roundtable, experts agreed on the need for Europe to speed up the negotiation process, as other trade blocks (like Japan and the US) have already concluded various trade deals worldwide: Europe is left behind in the race and could loose some bargaining power when negotiating new “deals”!!

Further, not having a “deal” right now in the Food Industry means that European exporters will loose ground against a huge amount of exporters originating from the TPP zone and will ultimately loose business as well as market shares. More concretely, Danish pork subject to 100% tariffs will have little chance to compete with US pork exempt of tariffs !!! Further, the removal of restrictions should also concern Services (representing 80% of the economy in both blocks) and not only focus on Product Market Access!

To conclude, in order to protect its interests,  the EU should move ahead fast on the base of what has already been agreed or negotiated and sign a deal with Japan very soon (in March 2016), eventually putting aside problematic sectors (like Railways business) or complex issues (like Public Procurement) where more time is needed for new NTM implementation and monitoring. Negotiations should however continue after the “deal” which would be reviewed and amended 3 years later, for example.

 

Philippe Huysveld

GBMC

 

What do you think?


Europe Japan Industrial Relations

GBMC Publications and Reports

GBMC Publications and Reports

 

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European Countries Profile Handbook – Western Europe

Map of Europe (Wikipedia)

Map of Europe (Wikipedia)

 

“GBMC Publications” is delighted to announce the Release of the following publication:

 

“European Countries Profile Handbook – Series 1 : Western Europe”

A Handbook by R. Motoko Huysveld and Philippe Huysveld 

(approximatively 65 pages)

January 2016 

This Handbook is intended to be a quick economic overview of 45 European countries and to highlight potential business segments for your business expansion into the European Market from a pan-European perspective.

Series 1 covers the following 9 countries of Western Europe:  France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Monaco, Liechtenstein, Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands.

For more details, please check our website at:  http://www.gbmc.biz/Countries_Handbook.html

 


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100% Renewable Energy by 2050 for the “Island of Beauty” (Corsica)?

© Arnaud Février The Alata Plant is located about 20 km from Ajaccio.

© Arnaud Février The Alata Plant is located about 20 km from Ajaccio.

 

Partial Translation of the “Le Figaro/MSN post”:

“New installation in Corsica from COFELY Ineo (part of the GDF Suez Group) about 20 km from Ajaccio: the “Alata Solar Smart Grid”. This 4.4 MWc PV plant will be runned by the “Corsica Sole” operator. The major characteristic of this 15 million Euros investment/installation is  its «Smart Energy Storage & Management Solution”. The electricity produced at Alata will feed over 1000 homes in Corsica, where renewable energies already count for over 30% of the total energy production. The island targets 100% energy independance by 2050.

This storage system will compensate for the non-continuous aspect of solar energy: batteries located near the plant allow to keep/store electricity and to inject it into the grid whenever needed. Depending on the weather and the time of the day, the operator will be able to choose between using the electricity at once or storing it for a later consumption.”

 

So, can “Smart (Renewable) Energy Storage & Management Solutions” be the key to 100% energy independance of all islands in the world (including Japan)? What do you think?

 

More details from:

100% Renewable Energy by 2050 for the “Island of Beauty” (Corsica)?


NEW PUBLICATION: “Europe Japan Industrial Relations 2015 – working together for a better future”

"Europe Japan Industrial Relations 2015 - working together for a better future"

“Europe Japan Industrial Relations 2015 – working together for a better future”

 

Hello everyone,

GBMC has just released a new publication, which we would like to submit to your attention.  (Constructive) comments are welcome!

Please do not consider this as “spam”, as you do not have to buy anything (but, of course, you are welcome to)  and as there is a free sample available (13 Interviews) for your reading!!!

More info from our website at:

“Europe Japan Industrial Relations 2015 – working together for a better future”

 


ATC: Update on the “Single European Sky” (SES) Project

Vue_de_Montmartre (Stéphanie De Nadaï)

Vue_de_Montmartre (Stéphanie De Nadaï)

 

The SES project has featured major changes over the last year. Perspectives from major players around the industry provide an in-depth look at this herculean effort to bring the technologically progressed air transportation system that the Eurozone needs to manage the existing and projected growth in air travel.” (Avionics Magazine)

Find more details from:

http://avionicsmag.com/portal/wts/ugmcmsbsv%5Embb7DCec%5EOvADcjOE%3BqQa

 


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