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Denmark accepts Taiwan driver’s license

PRIVILEGEIt was good news for Taiwanese travelers, but the director-general of the bureau of European affairs called on Taiwanese to be cautious when abroad

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday that Denmark has become the ninth European country to recognize Taiwanese driver’s licenses.

Anne Hung (洪慧珠), ­director-general of the Department of European Affairs, made the announcement at a regular press briefing. The regulation took effect on July 1.

“Denmark, which terminated earlier privileges for ROC [Republic of China] citizens in 2007 because of EU regulations, decided recently to reinstate the treatment. This is a result of the efforts of our representative office in Denmark,” Hung said.

Hung said nine European countries have reciprocal recognition of Taiwanese driver’s licenses — Denmark, France, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Hungary and Finland.

Meanwhile, Hung called on the public to pay special attention to personal safety while traveling abroad, saying that a Taiwanese national was in a coma after a rafting accident on July 17 in Bern, Switzerland.

Declining to give more details about the person, Hung said that after being notified by Swiss police, the ministry’s representative office in Geneva informed the victim’s family and helped them obtain Swiss visas to fly immediately to Switzerland.

In related news, a Europe-Taiwan youth summer program sponsored by the ministry is scheduled to open next week to promote interaction between young people.

Hung said the program had been flooded with applications from young Europeans.

“MOFA hopes that through this activity, young people in Europe will haver an occasion to learn more about Taiwan, while it will help us create more connections in Europe,” Hung said.

She said the exchange program consisted of workshops from next Tuesday to Aug. 10 and from Aug. 18 through Aug. 31, with each attended by more than 70 people from Europe and Africa.

The group will participate in a variety of activities with Taiwanese youth and will visit government agencies, cultural sites and other tourist destinations, Hung said.

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