The EU expresses its continuing support for the introduction of universal suffrage for the Chief Executive election in Hong Kong, in line with the Basic Law, which would offer a genuine choice in a credible, transparent and inclusive election system.
Universal suffrage would help create more inclusive governance and give the government wider support and legitimacy to further Hong Kong's economic objectives and tackle social challenges.
Following the 18 June vote of the Hong Kong Legislative Council on a Resolution to introduce universal suffrage for the election of the Chief Executive in 2017, the EU calls on all parties to engage in constructive discussions with a view to an early resumption of the electoral reform process. An agreement would also pave the way for the introduction of universal suffrage for the Legislative Council election.
The EU expresses its continuing confidence in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region as a global financial and business centre, underpinned by the rule of law, rights and freedoms in line with the 'one country, two systems' principle and guaranteed by the Basic Law.