There has been a makeshift summit on November 5 at the occasion of the 9th Asia-EU summit meeting in Laos, for about 35 minutes. The Japanese Prime Minister’s website reports:
3. Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)
Prime Minister Noda urged the EU leaders to display vigorous leadership and thereby enable to swiftly obtain a negotiating mandate. In response, President Van Rompuy and President Barroso stated that continued efforts should be made by both sides towards the launch of the negotiations.
4. Japan-EU Annual Summit
The leaders shared the view that the next annual summit meeting should be held as early as possible next year.
Once negotiations on an EPA start, I would recommend including the topic of a “Desert Union” for cooperation in getting the Mongolian Gobi desert renewable energy project up to speed faster, as proposed in my book “Energy from the Mongolian Gobi desert”.