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Taiwanese officials 'confident' EU will lift yellow card

A delegation of EU officials is set to arrive in Taiwan Monday.

Taiwan's Fisheries Agency said Sunday it is confident the European Commission will soon lift its 'yellow card' against Taiwan, which was issued in 2015, reports Focus Taiwan.

Huang Hung-yen, deputy chief of the Fisheries Agency, told CNA that when a European Union delegation arrives Monday for a 10-day inspection tour of Taiwan, it will find that the country has not only met but surpassed the EU regulations on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).

Similarly, Fisheries Agency Director-General Chen Tain-shou said at the request of the EU, Taiwan has made major achievements over the past years in the fight against IUU and has been working to ensure that Taiwanese deep sea fishing boats are operating in accordance with EU fishery regulations.

The measures include amendments last year to the Act for Distant Water Fisheries, the Act to Govern Investment in the Operation of Foreign Flag Fishing Vessels, and the Fisheries Act, Chen said, adding that Taiwan is also drafting another 15 amendments.

Since the new amendments took effect, local authorities have levied a total of TWD 30 million (€841,617/$994,761) in fines in 35 cases of violations, according to the Fishery Agency.

The value of Taiwan's fishing trade with the EU is around TWD 7 billion (€196.4 million/$232.1 million) per year, but if the EU decides to issue a red card, other countries such as the US and Japan, could also join the crackdown on Taiwan, according to the Fishery Agency.

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