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Lin and trade office delegates raise glasses for Europe Day

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Foreign Minister David Lin (林永樂), Head of the European Economic and Trade Office (EETO) Frederic Laplanche and delegates from various trade offices yesterday gathered in Ximen (西門), Taipei, to celebrate Europe Day.

Europe Day commemorates May 9, 1950 when then French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman declared the establishment of the European Union (EU).

Before the celebration started, Laplanche delivered a speech, saying that although the EU has been through several crises, circumstances are improving.

The EU has been consistently expanding, which brings positive effects to its member states, he said, adding that, in addition, the EU-Taiwan relationship in terms of business, education, technology and more has seen progress and there may be more opportunities for cooperation in the future.

Laplanche went on to speak about living in Taiwan.

“We are very lucky to live in Taiwan. It is a place where we cherish the level reached in terms of democracy and human rights. And this, I think, is also at the heart of our policies as well,” he said.

Afterward, Lin talked about the relationship between Taiwan and Europe, saying that other than current cooperation projects, Taiwan is looking forward to a potential bilateral investment agreement with Europe in the near future.

“It is a goal that we hope we can achieve in the future, bringing a more comprehensive and high-standard of economic cooperation,” said Lin.

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Foreign Minister David Lin (林永樂), left, shakes hand with Frederic Laplanche, the head of the European Economic and Trade Office (EETO), at a cocktail party held to celebrate Europe Day, yesterday. (CNA)

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