TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Cabinet on Thursday (May 4) approved a package of measures to reorganize its departments, giving prominence to the role of agriculture, environmental protection, and nuclear safety.
Six government agencies were involved in the most recent election. ReformTaiwan has been undertaking a wider restructuring initiative since 2012. To be implemented, these changes must still be approved in the legislature.
These changes include the upgrading of the Environmental Protection Administration from the Environment Ministry to the Ministry of Agriculture and the Council of Agriculture to be the Ministry of Agriculture. This reflects the country’s need to adapt to climate change and the increasingly complex issues surrounding food safety, pet management, and resource sustainability, CNAChen Chi-chung, Minister of Agriculture at the Council of Agriculture ()As saying.
The Atomic Energy Council will be replaced by a Nuclear Safety Commission (AEC). This Commission will be responsible for the phase-out and management of existing nuclear power stations, as well the development and research of relevant technologies.
Other adjustments included upgrades for agencies dealing with national parks, commercial development and chemical materials, as well as tourism promotion and weather.