Parliamentary friendship group to aid Europe ties


TAIPEI–Taiwan’s Legislature established a body yesterday to promote friendship with the European parliament and encourage closer exchanges in the future. Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng was named honorary chairman of the group — called the Republic of China-European Parliamentary Amity Association — and ruling Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Lu Hsueh-chang was made chairman. KMT Legislator Lu Shiow-yen, People First Party Legislator Lee Tung-hao and Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Yu Mei-nu were named deputy chairmen of the body.

In a speech at a ceremony celebrating the launch of the new group, Wang thanked the European Parliament for supporting Taiwan’s participation in international organizations and also for backing visa-waiver treatment for Taiwanese nationals in the Schengen area. According to Lu, 66 of Taiwan’s 113 legislators are members of the friendship promotion group, and he expects the association to provide strong support to bilateral economic, tourism and cultural exchanges.