Launch of EBRC program to promote trade and economic cooperation with Taiwan

Taipei - 29 November 2019 - The European Union signed a new contract on the second European Business and Regulatory Cooperation (EBRC) program together with the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).  
This 36-month program, funded by the European Union, will be implemented by ITRI as the selected partner. The program aims to promote economic and trade cooperation with Taiwan by improving its business and regulatory environment and by addressing global challenges. It provides a framework for cooperation also with third partners in areas of common interest.
Building on the success of the first EBRC program, the EU-Taiwan trade and economic relations offer considerable business opportunities across a wide range of global issues such as climate change, green economy, digitalisation and trade issues. The program will promote the EU's global strategy on sustainability, and the EU's visibility in Taiwan and in the broader East Asian region.  
The contract was signed by Filip Grzegorzewski, Head of the European Economic and Trade Office and Dr Pei-Zen Chang, Executive Vice President of ITRI. The signing ceremony brought together Director General of Department of International Cooperation Cynthia KIANG and representatives from EU Member States in Taiwan, agencies, business associations and companies.  
Filip Grzegorzewski said, "Today marks another significant milestone of the cooperation between the EU and Taiwan. The European Business and Regulatory Cooperation program (EBRC) is dedicated to promote the trade and economic cooperation with Taiwan. I look forward to working with our partner ITRI and other stakeholders, in particular the EU Member States, the European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan (ECCT), and other third partners."
Under the EBRC program, the EU supports activities such as conferences, seminars, exchange visits and research papers. Starting from next year in 2020, a series of events such as the 2020 European Innovation Week or an EU connectivity seminar will be organized.