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Taiwan: Proposed Changes to Campaign Finance Law

(May 13, 2015) Taiwan’s Ministry of Interior has drafted legislation that would amend the Political Donations Act to raise the ceiling for individual political donations to multiple candidates from the current NT$200,000 (about US$6,508) per year to NT$300,000. The amount of a donation an individual can make to a single candidate, not more than NT$100,000 […]

Taiwan: Fines for Cigarette Littering to Be Increased in Taipei

(Apr. 9, 2015) The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) of the Taipei City government announced on April 4, 2015, that in order to reduce acts of littering with cigarette butts, it would raise the fines for repeat offenders. The department also plans to coordinate with the Taipei Department of Health, the Urban Development Department, and […]

Taiwan: Nationality Act in Process of Being Amended

(Dec. 30, 2014) On December 17, 2014, amendments to the Nationality Act passed the first reading in the Legislative Yuan, the primary legislative body of the Republic of China (on Taiwan). The changes are aimed at, among other objectives, allowing greater flexibility in recruiting professionals worldwide to work in Taiwan. (Nationality Amendments Pass First Legislative […]

Taiwan: Proposed Change to Police Uniforms Act in Order to Comply with CEDAW

(Dec. 4, 2014) On November 27, 2014, Taiwan’s Cabinet approved a draft amendment to the Police Uniforms Act that would permit on-duty policewomen to wear pants year-round. The proposed change, which was put forward by the Ministry of Interior (MOI), is another step towards Taiwan’s full implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination […]

Taiwan: Cabinet Approves Draft Proposal on Adoption of Anti-Corruption Convention

(Oct. 10, 2014) On August 28, 2014, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved draft legislation formulated by the Ministry of Justice on Taiwan’s adoption of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. The Ministry of Justice draft also included provisions for implementing laws related to the Convention. (ROC Moves to […]

Taiwan: Taipei Ban on Election Banners and Flags

(Sept. 17, 2014) As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in the words of a city government official, “a pollution-free campaign environment,” during the upcoming landmark “seven-in-one” […]

Taiwan: Law on Food Safety Amended

(Feb. 6, 2014) On January 28, 2014, Taiwan’s legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), “[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan’s legal framework for food sanitation management, while promoting consumer protection and protecting public health.” (ROC Legislature OKs Food Act […]

Taiwan: Cross-Border Prisoner Transfer Law Adopted

(Sept. 27, 2013) On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the Measures on Progressive Execution of Sentence Applicable to the Receiving of Cross-Border Prisoners were issued, with […]

New Zealand; Taiwan: Free Trade Agreement Signed

(July 18, 2013) On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It is Taiwan’s first free trade pact with a developed economy and, according to the ROC Ministry […]

Taiwan: Proposals to Increase Taxation of and Health Surcharge on Tobacco Products

(May 13, 2013) On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become law, would, respectively, increase the taxes and the health surcharge on tobacco products. (ROC Cabinet OKs […]