EU firms seeking to set up in China face discrimination such as the requirement to establish joint ventures with Chinese companies, which forces them to transfer strategic technologies. Talks on strengthening investment protection rules should not be launched unless China formally commits to negotiating easier access for EU firms to its market, says a draft resolution to be voted on Wednesday.
The current business climate for EU industry operating in China is unpredictable and uneven, compared to the stable and open business environment Chinese investors find in the EU, says the resolution, to be adopted shortly before EU foreign ministers authorize the launch of EU-China bilateral investment talks. Once a deal is struck, Parliament's consent will be needed before it can enter in force.
MEPs will also call on the EU to consider upgrading its economic ties with Taiwan while it is working on doing so with China, in a resolution to be debated on Tuesday and voted on Wednesday
Procedure: Non-legislative resolution
Debate: Tuesday, 8 October
Vote: Wednesday, 9 October