An Investment Agreement with Taiwan?

Looking beyond CAI

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In recent years, the EU has been a major source of foreign direct investment in Taiwan, while Taiwanese investments in the EU represent only some 2 % of Taiwan’s global FDI stocks. Last year EU and Taiwan held a very successful European Investment Forum that will hopefully be a recurring event. However, despite repeated calls from the European Parliament to upgrade the political and trade relations between the EU and Taiwan, and calls on the European Commission to start the scoping exercise and impact assessment needed to formally commence the negotiations on a bilateral investment agreement (BIA) with Taiwan as soon as possible, there have been no formal developments. The Commission has previously linked the commencement of negotiations with Taiwan to first reaching an agreement with China. Since the EU‑China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment was agreed on political level at the end of 2020 there should be no obstacles for deepened EU-Taiwan relations, yet nothing seems to happen. This event seeks to map out the current situation as well as look at steps forward. What will a renewed, deepened trade and investment relation between the EU and Taiwan look like?

Draft agenda for webinar

10:30-12:00

Thursday 30 September 2021

Opening remarks

10:30-10:35

Ms. Dita Charanzová, Vice President of the European Parliament (Renew Europe)

Panel

Moderated by Ms. Svenja Hahn, Member of the European Parliament (Renew Europe)

10:35-10:45

Keynote Speech by Deputy Minister Chern-Chyi Chen

10:45-10:50

Ms. Marie-Pierre Vedrenne, Member of the European Parliament (Renew Europe), Vice Chair of the International Trade Committee

10:50-10:55

Freddie Höglund, CEO, European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan

10:55-11:00

Mr Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, Director of European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE)

Question and Answer session

11:00-11:55

Closing remarks

11:55-12:00

Ms. Dita Charanzová, Vice President of the European Parliament (Renew Europe)

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