Local EU statement on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

The European Union Office issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Hong Kong.

We extend our congratulations to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government on the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR. On this occasion, we wish to reiterate the EU's continued strong support for the principle of 'one country, two systems' and its implementation.

Trade, economic and cultural relations between the European Union and Hong Kong over the last twenty years have been growing steadily. The EU is looking forward to further strengthening and expanding its relations with the Hong Kong SAR. The EU is a key player and a stakeholder in the future of Hong Kong and a keen observer of its development. The EU is fully committed to contributing to Hong Kong's future success.

Despite increased political and legal challenges in recent years, the principle of 'one country, two systems' continues to work for the benefit of Hong Kong people, the People's Republic of China and the world. 

Hong Kong's success is underpinned by its high degree of autonomy, rule of law, independent judiciary, democratic separation of powers, and respect for fundamental rights and freedoms.

We hope that the electoral reform in Hong Kong will be resumed in line with the Basic Law and that an agreement on an election system that is democratic, fair, open and transparent can be found.