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Taiwan hoping to sign working holiday agreement with Hungary soon

Taiwan hoping to sign working holiday agreement with Hungary soon

Taipei, Oct. 24 (CNA) Taiwan is hoping to sign a working holiday agreement with Hungary by the end of this year, a foreign affairs official said Thursday, adding that Taiwan is making efforts to sign similar pacts with other European countries. Under the working holiday scheme, Taiwan and Hungary are planning to allow 100 young adults from each side to visit and work in each other's country annually, said Zhang Ming-zhong, director-general of the Department of European Affairs in Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Citizens aged 18-35 and proficient in English will be eligible to participate in the working holiday program once the reciprocal agreement is signed, Zhang said at a regular news briefing. Taiwan is hoping to conclude the agreement with Hungary by the end of the year and it could take effect as early as Jan. 1, 2014, he said. Both sides, however, are still negotiating the details of the agreement, he added. On Wednesday, Hungary's representative to Taiwan Levente Szekely also said that the two sides will soon sign the working holiday agreement and a pact on customs cooperation. Meanwhile, Taiwan and Hungary are in the final stages of negotiating a memorandum of understanding on agricultural cooperation, Szekely said at a Hungarian National Day party in Taipei. Ties between the two sides have been improving, he said, adding that he expects to see the cooperation extend to areas such as sports, culture and education. Taiwan has working holiday agreements with four European countries, namely Germany, Ireland, Belgium and the United Kingdom, and also with Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand. (By Angela Tsai and Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-06-23 20:49 GMT+08:00