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EU's pro-Taiwan group welcomes 3 new members

New Formosa Club members hail from Finland, Switzerland, Denmark

The Formosa Club was founded in May 2019. (Twitter, The Formosa Club photo)

The Formosa Club was founded in May 2019. (Twitter, The Formosa Club photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Formosa Club, a pro-Taiwan platform for members of the EU Parliament and European national parliaments, has recently added three new members from Finland, Switzerland, and Denmark.

On Tuesday (March 30) the Formosa Club tweeted that Marco Chiesa, president of the Parliamentary Intergroup Switzerland-Taiwan, and Michael Aastrup Jensen, chairman of the Danish Parliament’s Taiwan Association, had joined The Formosa Club. The tweet pointed out that 25 additional Danish MPs will also come aboard.

The next day, the organization announced on Twitter that Mikko Karna, chairman of the Finnish Parliament’s Taiwan Friendship Group, had joined the club as co-chair.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday tweeted that the club is stronger with these members and thanked supporters of Taiwan who have worked hard to maintain the country's status in the international arena.

The Formosa Club was established by the EU Parliament and the German, French, and British pro-Taiwan parliamentary groups in May 2019. The club currently has five new co-chairs, including Chiesa, Jensen, Karna, Spanish Congress of Deputies member Eloy Suarez Lamata, and Janis Vucans, a member of Latvia’s Saeima, CNA reported.

The club invites the heads of Taiwan friendship groups in national parliaments across the EU to become co-chairs. Club members discuss action to support Taiwan and share relevant information.

In addition, co-chairs can mobilize members of pro-Taiwan groups in their respective parliaments to form a supportive environment for Taiwan and establish a transnational network in Europe that helps the East Asian nation have a voice in the region. Club members include Lithuania, the U.K., France, Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic, and Sweden.

Updated : 2022-01-23 03:37 GMT+08:00