In the context of the Financial Perspectives 2007-2013 and the Economic Partnership and Business Cooperation part of the ‘Industrialized Countries Instrument’ (ICI), the EU Gateway Programme was designed to contribute to improve the competitiveness of European companies and strengthen their presence on key markets. Specific business cooperation actions were set out to support the development of trade and investment with Japan and Korea. This study aimed at: - Making an independent assessment of the past performances of the EU Gateway to Japan and Korea programme; - Identifying key lessons and propose recommendations to future policy strategies in the area of business cooperation; - Advising on this type of intervention as a complement to EU bilateral Free Trade Agreements.

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