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ECCT makes progress on 11 issues in Position Papers

TAIPEI -- The European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan (ECCT) has announced it had made progress on 11 of the issues raised in its 2014 Position Papers, after its recent negotiation with Taiwan's government representatives.

The 11 issues included automotive safety devices, guidelines for indoor wiring standards, explosion-proof certification of electrical equipment, enhanced electrical safety, an import ban on Chinese electrical products, and expanding the scope of products and services available to qualified investors in Taiwan.

The other issues focused on equality of treatment for foreign residents, upgrading airport services, an import ban on Chinese retail products, product labeling of socks, and an import ban on Chinese healthcare equipment, the ECCT said.

The announcement follows the chamber's meeting with the Cabinet-level National Development Council on April 29 that was attended by some 40 officials from Taiwan's major government ministries and agencies to discuss the government's official reply to business issues raised in the papers.

“The meeting was very friendly and productive. We made progress on several issues and were able to reach a clear understanding with government officials on core problems that remain unresolved,” ECCT Chairman Giuseppe Izzo said in an e-mailed statement.

“I believe that, given our excellent relations with the Taiwan government, we will make even more progress on unresolved issues in the months ahead,” Izzo said.

The annually published ECCT Position Papers address the concerns of the Chamber's member companies regarding the business environment in Taiwan and provides practical recommendations to the Taiwan government for resolving regulatory problems.

The papers are formulated by the chamber's 29 industry committees and its board of directors, representing the interests of some 400 companies and organizations and 800 individual members.

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