JOINT REPORT TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL Hong Kong Special Administrative Region: Annual Report 2018
1. On 10 May 2019, the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy issued its 2018 Annual Report on the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) to the European Parliament and the Council. The Annual Report is issued in line with the commitment given to the European Parliament in 1997.
2. The report looks at political and economic developments in Hong Kong during 2018 and considers the EU’s relationship with Hong Kong. It draws from a range of sources, including HMG’s Six Monthly Reports to Parliament on developments in Hong Kong, and its conclusions are broadly in line with our own assessments.
3. The report notes that 2018 “was yet another challenging year for Hong Kong. Political developments prompted the Spokesperson of the High Representative Vice-President (HRVP) to issue statements on three separate occasions: regarding restrictions of the right to stand for election, the banning of a political party, and a politically motivated refusal to renew the work visa of a foreign journalist”.
4. The report notes that “most aspects of the ‘one country, two systems’ principle continue to work well. However, concerns about the erosion of this principle, which is the cornerstone of Hong Kong’s economic success, have increased over the past year. There is a clear negative trend with respect to the erosion of civil and political rights”.