European Union Committee Planning to Visit Taiwan

A delegation from the European Parliament’s Special Committee on Foreign Interference in the Democratic Processes in the EU (INGE) will travel to Taiwan next month to share expertise in combating false information and Chinese Internet interference. 

Concerned about information security, the European Parliament voted on Oct. 6 to adopt a report on the state of the EU’s cyberdefense capabilities, urging the EU and its member states to improve their resilience and mutual coordination by further developing comprehensive cybersecurity measures and defense policies. 

The report also urged EU member states to increase collaboration with Taiwan, Australia, India, Japan, South Korea, and the United States, as well as other Indo-Pacific democracies, and to share their knowledge and experiences in responding to cyberthreats. 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated Wednesday that it was unaware of the INGE’s reported plans to send a team to Taiwan, but that it would cooperate with relevant EU institutions, such as the European Parliament, to create mutually beneficial ties. 

Meanwhile, the European Parliament will vote on a report on Taiwan-EU political relations and collaboration on Wednesday. 

The report advocates for strengthening political ties with Taiwan and enhancing the country’s international participation. 

It would be a watershed moment in Europe’s support for Taiwan’s democracy if it were to pass. 

Separately, National Development Council Minister Kung Ming-hsin will lead a trade and investment delegation to Slovakia, Lithuania, and the Czech Republic on Wednesday, while Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu is expected to visit Prague later this month at the invitation of the Czech Senate to attend a conference. 

Matas Maldeikis, the chairman of the Parliamentary Group for Taiwan Relations, will also lead a trip to Taiwan in December at the invitation of Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Chiu Chih-wei, the president of the parliamentary friendship group between Taiwan and the Baltic states. 

In a recent interview, Maldeikis stated that he invited members of Lithuania’s parliament from various political parties, including members of the opposition, to join the trip so that they could see firsthand how Taiwan and Lithuania may gain from cooperating.