With thanks to Taiwanese authorities for its firm support on bilateral exchanges between the EU and Taiwan, the European Economic and Trade Office (EETO) under the framework of the European Business and Regulatory Cooperation Programme (EBRC), will organise an organic food trade seminar jointly with the Agriculture and Food Agency (AFA) of the Council of Agriculture on 22 June 2017.

The seminar will bring together government officials and experts both from the EU and Taiwan to share experience on three sessions: the development and regulations on producing organic; best practices sharing; and organic food market and promotion. To support organic agriculture, snacks made with organic ingredients will be served in the afternoon break and exchange time of the seminar.

27 April 2017                                                                             

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The European Economic and Trade Office (EETO) – under the framework of the European Business and Regulatory Cooperation (EBRC) programme – co-hosted the “2017 EU-Taiwan Green Public Procurement Seminar” with the Public Construction Commission (PCC), the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), the Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), and the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA).

The event gathered 150 participants from Europe and Taiwan, which included regulators, representatives of central and local governments and business to discuss the concept and implementation of “Green Public Procurement” (GPP). Experts from the European Commission, EU Member States (France, the Netherlands and the UK) and Taiwan shared policies and strategies on GPP and the best practices for green, sustainable and circular procurement projects.

Both Taiwan and the EU are parties to the WTO Government Procurement Agreement. The EU's Circular Economy Action Plan, adopted in December 2015, highlights GPP as one of the measures necessary to ensure more effective and efficient use of resources. The EU is keen to engage in international cooperation with partners like Taiwan in order to increase resource efficiency in global value chains. Taiwan is now developing its green public procurement policy for major infrastructure projects. For the many large scale infrastructure projects that would help to translate this plan into reality, GPP is seen as an approach that could improve the investment environment, stimulate investment by state-run enterprises, and boost innovation while respecting Taiwan government’s commitment to “greening up” Taiwan’s industry.   


The 2016 EU-Taiwan Green Fair: Grow Circular! outreach event took place on 11th of November. The Fair was organized by the European Economic and Trade Office(EETO) under the framework of the European Business and Regulatory Cooperation (EBRC) programme. The Green Fair was aimed at raising public awareness on the importance of waste reduction and fostering a sustainable lifestyle.

Four EU member states including Sweden, Spain, Belgium, and Austria, the EETO and the ECCT Low Carbon Initiative(LCI), nine Taiwanese NGOs working for environmental protection, six Taiwanese companies and six EU companies, all active in fields related to the circular economy concept, actively participated and promoted their green lifestyle products, activities and projects on the Fair. 

The artwork Bubble Station created by the Taiwanese-Spanish team Basurama x City Yeast was displayed on the day. The Bubble Station, which was made of colorful recycled plastic bags, was provided with an entrance that people could go into the Bubble to visit the interior. 

The Spanish documentary The Light Bulb Conspiracy and the three Circular Economy Videos of the European Commission including Circular Economy, It is the way forward!, Moving towards a circular economy, and How to become a green SME in a Circular Economy, were showed in the evening in order to make the public better understand the concept of the Circular Economy. 

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10 November 2016

The 2016 EU-Taiwan Green Summit: Moving towards a Circular Economy and Sustainable Trade was co-hosted by the European Economic and Trade Office (EETO) under the framework of the European Business and Regulatory Cooperation (EBRC) programme and the Green Trade Project Office(GTPO) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs(MOEA) on 10 November 2016.  

The summit gathered near 400 experts from Europe and Taiwan to discuss the idea of “cradle to cradle”, namely, the transformation and the rebirth of the waste through the dialogue between the public and private sectors, in order to march together towards a circular economy and sustainable trade.

In recent years, Circular Economy has brought a wave all over the world. The European Union, Japan, and Mainland China have all proposed the blueprint of the future green economy and the related innovative design. The President Tsai Ing-Wen emphasized in her inaugural address on 20 May that the transformation of the waste to the resource shall become an important objective for the government and looked forward to a revolution of waste management, which leads to a new economic model of zero waste.

21 September 2016

The European Economic and Trade Office (EETO), in the framework of the European Business and Regulatory Cooperation (EBRC) programme hosted the “EU-Taiwan Seminar on Trade Secrets” on 21 September 2016 at International Conference Hall, Tsai Lecture Hall, College of Law, NTU. The co-host of seminar was the Intellectual Property Office (TIPO), Ministry of Economic Affairs.

The seminar brought together 190 experts from Europe and Taiwan to discuss trade secret disputes, with the aim to enhance public understanding of legislation and practices in the EU and Taiwan, and to further foster mutual-understanding through discussions. Ms Shu-Ming Hong (洪淑敏), Director General of TIPO, and Ms Viktoria Lovenberg, Deputy Head of EETO delivered opening remarks at the event.

The seminar was organised in response to the new challenges of protection and enforcement of trade secrets. The risk of infringements of trade secrets has risen with the growth of globalisation and the mobility of information, digital technology and human resources.The disclosure of trade secrets may severely endanger companies’ R&D output, create unfair competition and distort markets. Hence, there has been adjustment in legislation around the world designed to effectively prevent infringements of trade secrets.

The European Innovation Week is organised at the occasion of the Industrial dialogue between the European Commission and Taiwan. It is taking place in conjunction with the top information and communication technology (ICT) fair, COMPUTEX.

The Deputy Director-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission, Antti Peltomäki, is leading a delegation of over 100 European companies and clusters from 15 European Member States. It is the largest delegation organised by European Commission to Taiwan. 

The European Innovation Week will feature a series of seminars on smart health, smart mobility, smart industry, 5G, nano-electronics and Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

Business to business (B2B), clusters to clusters (C2C) and business to clusters (B2C) matchmaking meetings organised by our Enterprise Europe Network partner in Taiwan, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) will bring Taiwanese and European companies, clusters and institutes together to facilitate business and research cooperation. 
As many as twenty-four EU cluster representatives from 12 European countries active in the fields of electronics, nanoelectronics, software applications in areas such as space applications, mobility, smart cities, advanced manufacturing systems, e-health are travelling to participate at the cluster matchmaking. They will be meeting with some twenty Taiwan cluster representatives to seek opportunities to set up industrial, trade and investment cooperation.