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Japan's Abe sees free-trade deal with EU agreed next year

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[May 07, 2014]  BRUSSELS (Reuters)  The European Union and Japan have agreed to try to wrap-up free-trade negotiations next year, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday, following an EU-Japan summit in Brussels.

"We confirmed the importance of an early conclusion and 2015 is the target date for a basic agreement," Abe told a news conference with European Union leaders.

(Reporting by Robin Emmott; editing by Adrian Croft)

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