The European Parliament passed two security policies on Thursday, Feb. 17, including clauses supporting Taiwan’s effective involvement in international organizations and calling for peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.
CNA reported the parliament passed the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) in a 474-113 vote with 102 abstentions, while the Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) was enacted with a 369-197 vote with 123 abstentions.
In the CSFP report, the parliament “strongly advocates for Taiwan’s meaningful participation as an observer in meetings, mechanisms and activities of international organizations and for deeper EU-Taiwan cooperation, including a bilateral investment agreement (BIA).”
It also requests that the European Commission and the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy “urgently begin an impact assessment, public consultation, and scoping exercise on a BIA with the Taiwanese authorities in preparation for negotiations to deepen bilateral economic ties.”
The report urged the European Union (EU) and its member states to play a proactive role in pursuing peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait with like-minded international partners and form partnerships with Taiwan’s democratic government.
EU lawmakers have raised concerns that China’s armaments build-up and military posturing have increased recently, particularly the alleged launch of a hypersonic missile and increased violations of Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).
As a result, the parliament said it “calls for all parties concerned to resolve their differences through peaceful means and to de-escalate the tensions as well as to refrain from taking unilateral action to change the status quo.”
According to the CSDP report, any unilateral action that could jeopardize the status quo in the Taiwan Strait and any changes to cross-strait ties must not be taken against the will of the Taiwanese people.
The report said: “The EU should undertake an assessment of the possible consequences of a regional conflict on the EU’s security, which should also weigh up how the EU should respond to a deteriorating security situation in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond.”