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Taiwan, Slovakia sign Arrangement on Judicial Cooperation in Civil and Commercial Matters

  • Date:2022-06-08
  • Data Source:Department of European Affairs

No. 143

June 8, 2022


On June 8, during the visit of a delegation from the Slovak National Council and the Bratislava Region, David Nan-yang Lee, Representative of the Taipei Representative Office in Bratislava, and Martin Podstavek, Representative of the Slovak Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei, signed an arrangement on judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan).


Witnessing the signing ceremony were Deputy Speaker of the Slovak National Council Milan Laurenčík; Vice President of the Judicial Yuan Tsai Jeong-duen; Minister of Foreign Affairs Jaushieh Joseph Wu; and Minister of Justice Tsai Ching-hsiang. The arrangement takes immediate effect.


As the first accord on judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters that Taiwan has signed with a European Union member state, the new arrangement carries great significance. It is also the second agreement Taiwan has signed with another country concerning mutual legal assistance in civil matters.


Negotiations on the arrangement were launched in February 2021 and were conducted by the Judicial Yuan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Ministry of Justice, and Taipei Representative Office in Bratislava. After more than a year of effort, the governments of Taiwan and Slovakia reached consensus and concluded the arrangement.


The arrangement covers exchanging information on legal and judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters; sharing cooperation experience; providing mutual assistance on civil and commercial case requests; and holding regular consultations. The arrangement will further strengthen institutionalized judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters. The signing underscores the staunch friendship between Taiwan and Slovakia and highlights shared values of democracy and the rule of law.


Taiwan and Slovakia have continued to deepen their bilateral relationship and broaden their cooperative partnership in all areas since mutually establishing representative offices in 2003. Moving forward, MOFA will work with other agencies and the private sector and utilize many avenues and methods to foster an even closer and mutually beneficial relationship with Slovakia. (E)