Planning Committee deals with horizontal issues beyond JBCE’s individual polices
Corporate Policy Committee is following with wide range of legislation and legislative proposals, such as taxation, company law, employment, and competition policy. Goals of this Committee are to lower institutional hurdles faced by business and create the business friendly environment with level playing field in Europe.
Its active cooperation with the EU-Japan Business Round Table has allowed its voice to be heard by EU and Japan top policy makers.
CSR Committee aims to facilitate the dialogue between Japanese companies operating in Europe and the European Institutions, and to enhance its contributions to the EU policies related to CSR/RBC (Responsible Business Conduct). The Committee also creates the platform to share the information and best practices among the Committee members and key stakeholders. The Committee has established the bridge between the European and Japanese CSR Communities.
The main focus of CSR Committee are the CSR Strategy in the EU, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Supply chain management, Business and human rights and Non-financial Information Reporting.
The main focus of the Environment & Energy Committee is product-related EU environmental policy in the fields of chemicals, eco-design/energy efficiency, and waste. Work activities are organised primarily in issue groups. Environment policy subjects currently being dealt with include the EUP Directive and related EUP Implementing Measures, the ROHS Directive and the ongoing Recast process, the REACH Regulation, and the WEEE Directive and the ongoing Recast process.
Environment & Energy Committee has the following Issue Groups (IG) / Working Groups (WG)
The innovation in digital technologies do not effect only ICT sector but all business activities. This Committee discusses how digital technologies changes business models.
The discussions include compliance issues such as new directives and regulations and new business potentials. The Committee is working in line with the European Priorities and focusing on major European Initiatives aiming at fostering the positive impact of Digital Technologies and Solutions in Europe for Japanese Companies. Strong focus will also be on Innovation activities and initiatives like European funded projects for R&D and Public Private Partnerships.
Current key topics are:
1. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) implementation and its links with NIS directive,
2. Data Flow,
3. Digitizing European Industry
The discussion should not be limited to those, and any proposals for additional topics are always welcome.
This committee follows EU policies relating to standards, technical regulations and conformity assessment. These issues have recently been closely linked with environment policies as seen in the Commission’s Green Paper on Integrated Product Policy. Concrete examples are the draft directive on environmental aspects of electrical and electronic equipment (so-called draft EEE directive) and the draft directive on energy efficiency requirement for end-use equipment, which would introduce technical regulations requiring products to be environmentally friendly or energy efficient. The committee follows the developments of these issues in cooperation with JBCE Environment Committee.
Trade Policy Committee is focusing on facilitating and promoting the open market for trade and investment. It proactively communicates with policy makers so that opportunities and benefits of the free trade and globalisation are realized. In this context, the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) is the crucial milestone of this Committee.
Apart from the EU-Japan EPA, Trade Policy Committee has been dealing with a wide scope of trade-related issues ranging from particular anti-dumping, tariff classification cases, Export Controls to a larger scale of trade issues relating to WTO Multirateral and Prulirateral negotiations.