The EU and Taiwan share common values of freedom, democracy, human rights, the rule of law, as well as equality with respect to diversity. These shared values are the foundation for the robust and developing relationship between the EU and Taiwan. Upon this foundation the two sides work together in different areas
ranging from trade and investment, human rights protection, fight against climate change, to science and technology cooperation, education and cultural exchange.I have witnessed tremendous advancement in the EU-Taiwan bilateral relations since I arrived at this office four years ago. Increased high-level discussions across policy areas have consolidated our partnership. Together, we have accomplished milestone achievements and created many first-time events and activities.
In May 2016, we held the first Industrial Policy Dialogue and the European Innovation Week in Taipei, that brought policy makers, research institutes as well as businesses from Europe and Taiwan together. The series of events allowed both sides to explore collaboration possibilities and helped facilitate business opportunities through symposia, seminars and match-making meetings.
The first EU-Taiwan Human Rights Consultations took place in Taipei in March 2018, where both sides discussed key human rights issues of mutual interest and concern. The exchange between the two sides was engaging and fruitful. This was exemplified when Taiwan took the historical step of legalising same-sex marriage on 17 May 2019 (which happens to also be the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia) cementing its status as a human rights leader in the Asia Pacific region.
To bring the EU closer to the Taiwanese public, we brought Europe to Taipei by hosting the first Europe Fair in May 2016. It has become our annual «birthday party» where we celebrate Europe Day with the public, and for the Taiwanese to meet our Member States and learn more about the EU.
These are some highlights of the growing relationship between the EU and Taiwan, especially in the last four years. With this brochure, I offer you a quick overview of the strong and diverse cooperation we share, through which we have brought Europe and Taiwan closer together. Enjoy, and happy reading.