Japan and the United Kingdom have both committed under the new agreement to improve the use of sustainability impact assessments. However, some changes were not welcomed by civil society organisations, including the removal of the chapter on sustainable development from the scope of the CEPA provisions and the modification of the joint dialogue meeting with civil society every two years instead of the year provided for in the EU-Japan EPA. On 23 October 2020, Japan and the United Kingdom signed the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) after concluding negotiations on 11 September 2020. In her speech following the signing of CEPA, the UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss MP, expressly commented on the historic nature of CEPA as one of the first free trade agreements signed by the UK and which goes beyond the European Union (EU) agreement that replaces it. Negotiations on the agreement were concluded in February 2017. The new agreement replaces the 1999 Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. The relevant protected names recognised by CEPA Japan-UK and EPO EU-Japan are identical, with the exception of the inclusion of Irish Cream and Irish Whisky, which are common geographical indications between Northern Ireland and Ireland. The CEPA GI Chapter also contains an improved verification mechanism to add new geographical indications in the future. The EU cooperates with Armenia in the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy and its Eastern Regional Dimension, the Eastern Partnership. Relations between the European Union and Armenia are based on the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the EU and Armenia, signed in the margins of the Eastern Partnership Summit held in Brussels in November 2017 and which entered into force provisionally on 1 June 2018.
The new agreement provides a framework for the European Union and Armenia to continue to cooperate for the good of Armenian citizens. CEPA is modern, comprehensive and ambitious. It takes into account the new global, political and economic interests of both sides. The agreement will allow for closer cooperation in areas such as energy, transport, environment and trade. The agreement between Japan and the UK also provided for the strengthening of the annex to regulatory cooperation, including the establishment of an ongoing regulatory cooperation forum between HM Treasury, the Bank of England, the Financial Conduct Authority and the Japan Financial Services Agency. The day before, the EU had published its implementation report for Georgia. . . .