JOINT REPORT TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL Macao 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 Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) to the European Parliament and the Council. To fulfil its 1999 commitment to the European Parliament, the Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy issues an annual report on developments in Macao. The report looks at political and economic developments in Macao during 2018 and considers the EU’s relationship with Macao during that time.
2. The report notes that “in 2018, the ‘one country, two systems’ principle continued to be implemented, to the benefit of the Macao SAR, China as a whole and the international community”.
3. The EU notes that the “the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary are upheld, as seen in the case of the judicial procedures against the opposition lawmaker Sulu Sou. Rights and fundamental freedoms are generally respected”.
4. The report states that the “Although civil liberties are protected by Macao’s Basic Law, the political opposition is weak and civil society is not very vocal. The Basic Law and other legislative acts do not provide for the introduction of universal suffrage. Nevertheless, the EU encourages the Macao authorities to provide for greater public involvement in the election of the SAR’s Chief Executive and the Legislative Assembly. This would increase their legitimacy, increase public support and strengthen governance”.