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Taiwan-Austria working holiday program officially launched

Taiwan-Austria working holiday program officially launched

Taipei, Feb. 5 (CNA) Applications to participate in the Taiwan-Austria working holiday program are now being accepted, as the reciprocal working holiday agreement between the two countries took effect late last month. The agreement was officially launched Jan. 26, said Zhang Ming-zhong (???), director-general of the Department of European Affairs under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at a regular news conference Thursday. "The program will help promote youth exchanges between the two countries," he said. Taiwan and Austria signed a joint statement in November that paved the way for the reciprocal working holiday program, the ministry said. Under the terms set out in that statement, Taiwan and Austria allow up to 50 citizens aged 18-30 from the other country to travel and work for up to six months, it added. The ministry expressed hope that the program will advance bilateral tourism, cultural and youth exchanges. Austria is the eighth country in Europe and the 13th overall to have inked a working holiday agreement with Taiwan, the ministry said. Other countries that have working holiday pacts with Taiwan are Germany, Ireland, Belgium, Poland, Slovakia, the United Kingdom, Australia, Hungary, Canada, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-22 02:42 GMT+08:00