European parliament supports BIA

03 September, 2021

Courtesy of ICRT


The European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday passed a report to enhance EU-Taiwan relations.


The draft report, titled EU-Taiwan Relations and Cooperation, was approved by 60 votes in favour, with four votes against and six abstentions.


The report stresses the need to urgently begin an "impact assessment, public consultation and scoping exercise" on an EU-Taiwan Bilateral Investment Agreement (BIA).


It also expresses deep concern over Chinese military pressure against Taiwan, urging the EU "to do more to address these tensions."


Meanwhile, a separate amendment passed during Wednesday's session called on changing the name of the European Economic and Trade Office (EETO) in Taiwan to "European Union Office in Taiwan" to reflect the broad scope of bilateral ties.

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