The Economy of the European Union European Economic and Trade Office 歐 洲 經 貿 辦 事 處.
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The Economy of the European Union European Economic and Trade Office 歐 洲 經 貿 辦 事 處
Scope 27 Member States27 Member States 487 Million people487 Million people 25% of the world’s economy25% of the world’s economy 25% of the world’s external trade25% of the world’s external trade 23 official languages
Taiwan’s FDI in the EU 16 th investor in the EU 2.2 billion Euros in FDI stocks Less than Hong Kong, Singapore (both 15 billion Euros), Korea (2.8 billion Euros) Taiwanese investors are far from having fully exploited the opportunities offered by the EU
EU advantages offered to foreign investors Access to a single market of 487 million customers, with no borders for goods, services or people A common regulatory framework, setting standards for the world (e.g. WEEE, RoHS…) A strong scientific research base Highly skilled labour force
Europe has a slight trade surplus The EU has a stable macroeconomic environment due to the Euro which maintains low inflation, low deficits, and which keeps a ceiling on national debt This single currency is freely floating on the foreign exchange markets The ‘Lisbon Agenda’ is designed to create a restructuring of the economy to adapt it to current needs Foreign investors operate in a stable economic environment
The EU is not expensive The pattern of taxation and welfare systems throughout the EU is very diverse and varied. The amount of GDP taken in taxes varies between 35% and 55% depending on the country, with most of the large Member States situated between 40% and 50%.
The EU is not expensive However, the burden of taxes, welfare and regulation is more than offset by: Higher productivity of labour and capital Strong public services (transportation, utilities, general business environment) Incentives and subsidies often available for new investments Competitiveness is not measured by taxes and welfare, but by the overall factor costs and productivity
Opportunities for all investors Direct investment in industrial manufacturing or services Equities Funds and portfolio investment Venture capital