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Parliamentary questions
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19 February 2021
Priority question for written answer  P-001013/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Urmas Paet (Renew)
 Subject: The failure to mention the possibility of an EU‑Taiwan investment agreement in the new trade communication

The Commission communication entitled ‘Trade Policy Review – An Open, Sustainable and Assertive Trade Policy’ addresses critical issues the EU is facing, as well as opportunities. I welcome many of the points and statements made. For instance, I agree that it is of key importance for the EU to strengthen its partnership with the US, but that there is also a need to build more alliances with like‑minded partners around the world. In addition, we must continue to have strong ties with our immediate neighbours – the Eastern Partnership and Western Balkan countries.

However, it is regrettable that the possibility of negotiating a bilateral EU‑Taiwan investment agreement is not mentioned in the new communication. As the 2015 Trade for All strategy stated that the EU would explore the possibility of launching negotiations on an investment agreement with Taiwan, the fact that the country is not mentioned in the new communication is a considerable and unfortunate step back.

1. Why did the Commission decide not to mention the EU‑Taiwan investment agreement negotiations in the new communication?

2. When does it plan to launch negotiations with Taiwan on the investment agreement?

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