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Cultural department to continue fine on Taiwan Mobile

Cultural department to continue fine on Taiwan Mobile

Taipei’s Department of Cultural Affairs said Monday that it will continue fining Taiwan Mobile NT$50,000 per day until it moves its store out of the current location on the first floor of the Taipei New Horizon building.

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said the step was taken “to bring everyone to the discussion table.”

The department required Taiwan Mobile to relocate its store in order to free up the 3,000-square-meter space that can be used as an incubation center for Taiwanese cultural businesses, reports said.

Following the discovery of Taiwan Mobile's questionable tenancy, both the management and Taipei's cultural department held four negotiations to define and fix any legal and contractual violations. However, all previous meetings were to no avail.

“The daily fines can be stopped at any given moment. It depends entirely up to Taiwan Mobile to come up with reasonable terms,” Ko said.

The city’s cultural department notified Taiwan Mobile on April 15 to demand that they relinquish the first floor of the building by May 1, but was met with non-compliance from their counterpart. A NT$50,000 daily fine has been imposed since then.

When asked by reporters Monday morning, Ko said parent company Fubon Land believes that it might be a bit difficult for Taiwan Mobile to move out of the location before August.

“I asked Fubon Chairman Daniel M. Tsai to carve up a proposed plan stating the date in which Taiwan Mobile can be relocated,” Ko said, adding that the city government will review the feasibility of Fubon’s proposal once it is received.

Updated : 2021-09-22 11:22 GMT+08:00