13 September 2011 O-000197/2011 Question for oral answer to the Commission Rule 115 Daniel Caspary, Laima Liucija Andrikienė, Paweł Zalewski, Gabriele Albertini, Joachim Zeller, Ioannis Kasoulides, on behalf of the PPE Group Metin Kazak, Kristiina Ojuland, Marielle De Sarnez, Niccolò Rinaldi, Silvana Koch-Mehrin, Alexandra Thein, Marietje Schaake, Ramon Tremosa i Balcells, Sir Graham Watson, on behalf of the ALDE Group Robert Sturdy, on behalf of the ECR Group Subject: EU-Taiwan trade The EU's trade strategy emphasises the need to capitalise on trade relations with ‘growth markets’, especially in Asia, in order to generate internal growth. However, the EU’s trade and investment relationship with Taiwan has not achieved its full potential. 1. What is the importance of the trade and investment relationship with Taiwan for the Europe 2020 strategy? 2. What instruments and measures should the EU use to improve terms of trade and investment with Taiwan? 3. What is the Commission’s assessment of recent developments in relations between Taiwan and China following the conclusion of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement in 2010? What opportunities will these developments bring for European businesses? 4. Has the Commission considered initiating high-level negotiations with Taiwan on deepening trade and investment ties? 5. What is the Commission’s assessment of the feasibility of launching negotiations on a free trade agreement or a scoping exercise? Please find the answer here.