EBC Newsletter – March 8, 2023

EBC Newsletter – March 8, 2023


From the EBC

Dear Friends of the EBC,

On 28 February, two committees of the EBC met with Director General Henrik Hololei of DG MOVE (EU Commission), who was in Japan for the High Level Transport Dialogue between the EU and Japan. The Railways and the Logistics & Freight Committees had the chance to present their main issues: the Railways Committee focused on the public procurement market and the lack of common standards, assessments and certifications in Japan. The Logistics & Freight Committee brought up market dominance, market access issues and inefficiencies in the logistics sector.
On 1st March, ahead of the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) Japan exhibition, the EBC Defence & Security Committee discussed with EU Ambassador Paquet . The purpose of the meeting was to convey the issues and the activities of the committee with a special focus on defence. As the situation in the world has changed, and as Japan recently increased its defence budget, the committee sees opportunities for the European defence industry in Japan. This is, however, only possible if the cooperation with Japanese industry is improved. The EU Ambassador spoke about the changes to the EU Commission policy in regards to defence and about the signals that Japan is looking to diversify its partners for defence material procurement.
Today, I would like to share with you two events organised by the EBC and close partners:

We are looking forward to seeing you soon at one of these events!

Valerie Moschetti
EBC Chief Operating Officer

What’s in the Media

  • The government on Tuesday adopted a bill to revise laws related to the My Number personal identification number and My Number card in order to expand the scope of their use toward creating a more convenient digital society. (The Japan News)
  • The government plans to establish permanent flight routes over a coastal area of Fukushima Prefecture this summer for testing drones and “flying cars,” which are being touted as the next-generation means of transportation.
    The government hopes that by attracting startup companies in the industry, the initiative will help in the ongoing reconstruction and revitalization of the disaster-hit prefecture. (The Japan News)
  • Japan ranked a dismal 104th in the World Bank’s latest report on women’s economic opportunities, continuing to trail the rest of the Group of Seven developed member countries over the progress toward gender equality in the law. (The Mainichi)

Upcoming EBC Committee Meetings

Date Committee Time / Location
Mar 10 (Fri) Liquor hybrid
Mar 13 (Mon) Materials hybrid
Mar 16 (Thu) Human Resources hybrid
Mar 17 (Fri) Railways hybrid
Mar 22 (Wed) Food & Agriculture hybrid
Mar 23 (Thu) Telecommunications Equipment Web
Mar 23 (Thu) Medical Equipment & Diagnostics Off-site
Mar 31 ((Fri) Automotive Components & Aftermarket hybrid

If you are interested in joining a committee meeting, please contact the EBC to confirm the time and meeting place.

Stakeholders of the EBC:

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