Visiting MEP says it time for BIA discussions
The head of a visiting European Parliamentary delegation believes the timing to begin discussions on a bilateral investment agreement between the European Union and Taiwan is "more right than ever."
Anna-Michelle Asimakopoulou, who heads the European Parliament's International Trade Committee says Taiwan has been an important EU trading partner for decades and that factors including geo-political considerations, the post Covid pandemic and Russia's invasion of Ukraine make "Now a good time start talks on an agreement”.
The Greek lawmaker says there have been "some issues" in the EU's heavily reliant relationship with China and because Taiwan is a front-runner in terms of semiconductors the goal is now to make the bloc's relationship with the island "even deeper."
The 13-member delegation from the European Parliament arrived in Taiwan on Sunday for a four-day-visit. During the visit, the group met with President Tsai Ing-wen, Premier Su Tseng-chang and other senior government officials from the National Development Council, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.