Poland President Duda signs off on legal cooperation pact with Taiwan
Taipei, Feb. 1 (CNA) An agreement between Taiwan and Poland on legal cooperation on criminal matters will soon take effect, as it has now been signed by Polish President Andrzej Duda, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said late Sunday.
The agreement was approved unanimously by both houses of Poland's parliament, before being sent to the country's Presidential Office, MOFA said in a press statement.
"MOFA sincerely welcomes the signing of the important bilateral agreement by Poland President Andrzej Duda on Jan. 28," the ministry said.
The agreement covers five major areas -- criminal matters, extradition, prisoner transfer, exchange of legal and practical insights, and sharing of information for crime prevention, the ministry said.
It will help strengthen the transnational anti-crime efforts and judicial cooperation between Taiwan and Poland, MOFA said.
The legal cooperation agreement was inked by diplomatic representatives of both countries on June 17, 2019 in Taipei and witnessed by Taiwan's Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮), Justice Minister Tsai Ching-hsiang (蔡清祥) and visiting Poland Deputy Justice Minister Łukasz Piebiak.
A few months later, in December 2019, Taiwan's Legislature passed the agreement, which was the first of its kind signed between Taiwan and a European country.
With Poland President Duda having signed off on it last week, the agreement will take effect as soon as Taiwan receives formal notification from Poland, according to MOFA.
Apart from Poland, Taiwan currently has similar arrangements with the United States, China, the Philippines, South Africa, Nauru and Belize.
Taiwan and Poland signed agreements on double taxation avoidance in 2016 and on science and higher education in 2018.
MOFA said it will to continue to deepen Taiwan-Poland relations, building on the strong foundation of cooperation.
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