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Friday, 2 December 2016
ECCT members voted in new boards of directors and supervisors for 2017 at the 2016 Annual General Meeting. Hakan Cervell, President of Ericsson Taiwan will serve as chairman of the ECCT’s board of directors in 2017. Cervell was elected by the new board of directors at their first meeting following the chamber’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) today. For a full list of boards of directors and supervisors, please refer to this announcement.
Thursday, 1 December 2016
The ECCT’s Low Carbon Initiative arranged a trip to Yunlin County. The outing included a visit to existing renewable energy facilities and sites that have been identified for future development of renewable solar and wind energy. Following the tour, delegates attended a meeting featuring a speech by Yunlin County Magistrate Lee Chin-yung and presentations on green energy development by Sabrina Schmidt-Koschella, Deputy Director-General of the German Institute Taipei and Bart Linssen, General Manager of Enercon Taiwan. The meeting was also attended by representatives from the Yunlin County Government, financial institutions, local industry, farm owners, Taiwan Power Company (Taipower), the Bureau of Energy (BoE) and the Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Full story to follow.
Tuesday, 15 November 2016

 
Taipei, 10 November 2016 - The European Economic and Trade Office (EETO) – under the framework of the European Business and Regulatory Cooperation (EBRC) programme – co-hosted the “2016 EU-Taiwan Green Summit: Moving towards a circular economy and sustainable trade” in conjunction with the Green Trade Project Office (GTPO) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), and Department of Economic Development, Taipei City Government. The summit gathered regulators, business and NGO participants and more than 300 participants from Europe and Taiwan to discuss the concept of the “circular economy”, namely, the transformation and the rebirth of waste, through dialogue between the public and private sectors, in order to move together towards a circular economy and sustainable trade. Experts from the European Commission and Denmark, industrial experts from Belgium, France, Germany, and Sweden joined the summit to share information and best practices in European policies, innovative management and technologies related to the circular economy.  
Thursday, 10 November 2016
On 10 November, the ECCT released its 2017 Position Papers at a Premium Event lunch. A copy of the annual publication was officially handed over by ECCT Chairman Bernd Barkey to the Taiwan government, represented by Dr Chen Tain-jy, Minister of the National Development Council (NDC). The event was also attended by around 90 guests, including board directors, committee chairpersons, European trade office representatives and other ECCT members. A summary of the main theme and overview were presented at the event by Chairman Barkey. Following the lunch, the papers were released to the media at a press conference, which was attended by around 20 journalists from print, television and online media groups. 
Tuesday, 8 November 2016
On 7 November, the ECCT’s Low Carbon Initiative organised the "Taiwan-Europe Green Finance Seminar for Offshore Wind" in conjunction with the Dai Yan-Hui Foundation. The co-organizer was Hua Nan Bank. The seminar featured opening remarks by Wu Tang-chieh, Chairman of Hua Nan Financial Holding Corporation and Hua Nan Commercial Bank and ECCT CEO Freddie Hoglund and presentations by Achim Berge Olsen, Managing Director of wpd offshore and Peter Schafer, Team Head, Wind Power, KFW IPEX Bank. The speakers gave an overview of how renewable energy projects, especially offshore wind projects, are financed in Germany and elsewhere in Europe. It was attended by close to 180 people.
 
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