Labor meeting marks milestone in Taiwan-EU cooperation: MOL official

Brussels, The recently held first-ever labor affairs consultation meeting between Taiwan and the European Union (EU) represents a milestone in bilateral cooperation, Deputy Labor Minister Lin San-quei (???) said Monday.

Lin, who led the Taiwan delegation to the meeting in Brussels on Oct. 11, told CNA that Taiwan and the EU have long had good exchanges on a wide range of labor affairs related topics through existing channels, while top EU labor affairs officials have visited Taiwan several times in the past.

"This year, the first-ever labor affairs consultation meeting represented the beginning of a regular exchange mechanism to facilitate future cooperation between the two sides," Lin said.

Lin first held talks with Adriana Sukova, deputy director-general for employment, social affairs and inclusion, for almost one hour.

According to Lin, Sukova paid close attention to Taiwan's experience in executing labor policies and their success, while the EU official expressed hope that the next meeting will discuss Taiwan's polices to boost the rights of immigrant workers and fishing workers.

After the talks between Lin and Sukova, the meeting focused on how the European Globalization Adaptation Fund has helped workers deal with the fast changing labor market, and how the European Social Fund has helped disadvantaged workers land jobs, Lin said.

In addition, the meeting also featured Taiwan's knowledge of the wider labor market in Asia, having invested in China and Southeast Asian countries for many years, Lin added.

Both sides also discussed youth unemployment and the impact on laborers of economic globalization and digitalization as well as cross border social security and employment services for workers, he said.

"The consultation meeting gave EU officials a better understanding as to the value of such a view-exchange mechanism with Taiwan," Lin said.

While pushing for further cooperation with the EU, Lin said he hoped the second consultation meeting will proceed just as smoothly in Taipei next year.

Lin also met Laszlo Andor, a former commissioner for employment, social affairs and inclusion in the Barroso II administration of the European Commission, and Fons Leroy, managing director of the Vlaamse Dienst voor Arbeidsbemiddeling en Beroepsopleiding (VDAB; the Flemish public employment service), to exchange views and ideas.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel