A European Chamber of Com-merce Taipei delegation will embark on a trip to major EU countries tomorrow to help promote trade and economic relations between Taiwan and the 15-member trade bloc.
\nThe Chamber, which groups more than 500 individual and corporate members, is the largest European trade association in Taiwan.
\nChamber Vice Chairman Paul Zeven, who will lead the delegation, said it will pay visits to the EU's legislative and executive arms -- the Europe Parliament and the European Commission.
\nZeven said that, during the visits, the delegation will present the Chamber's annual position papers to the two EU organs for reference in their formulation of future EU trade policy with Taiwan.
\n"In addition, we'll push the EU to open a representative office in Taipei as early as possible to further boost bilateral trade and economic cooperation," Zeven said.
\nAs Taiwan does not maintain formal diplomatic ties with any EU country, the Chamber organizes a delegation to visit the EU annually for an "open door" mission.
\n"These visits allow us to discuss with EU authorities the investment and business situations of European companies in Taiwan," Zeven explained, adding that over the past few years, Chamber executives have found the visits very helpful in the promotion of Taiwan-EU dialogue.
\nZeven further said that the Chamber's annual position papers -- which detail the its recommendations to Taiwan for improving its general investment climate, business environment and trading system -- have also become major topics to be discussed during Taiwan-EU trade meetings.
\nDuring its week-long EU visit, the Chamber's delegation will also meet with the Taiwanese Representative to Belgium David Lee (
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