The first European Community—Japan Joint Customs Cooperation Committee was held on 11 February to discuss practical ways of implementing the EU—Japan Agreement on Cooperation and Mutual Administrative Assistance in Customs Matters (CCMAA), which entered into force on 1 February 2008. The Committee discussions focused on three main goals: (i) the facilitation of international trade by mutual recognition of Authorised Economic Operator programmes and effective customs control; (ii) the protection of intellectual property rights through cooperation between the two authorities; and (iii) the fight against customs fraud and irregularities. The parties confirmed that the Committee will meet in principle once a year.