In February 2019, the European Union concluded a broad economic partnership aimed at facilitating trade between the two sides by removing tariffs on almost all goods exported from the EU to Japan and removing some non-tariff barriers by adopting standards. After the signing, the two sides are expected to work towards the formal conclusion of the pact, according to the Commission, but the agreement will be «provisionally applied» until it enters into force. The agreement will allow for the mutual recognition of certificates and findings of conformity by the approval bodies and competent authorities of both Parties. Adina Valean, European Commissioner for Transport, said: «This agreement will facilitate our aviation industry`s access to the Japanese market for aeronautical products and help this hard-hit sector emerge from the crisis. . . .