2008-06-19 The Executive Yuan Council approves a plan to normalize the “Mini Three Links,” allowing mainlanders with valid permits to travel between Taiwan and the mainland via Kinmen and Matsu.
2008-10-01 The National Pension Act takes effect.
2008-10-07 Amid the global economic crisis, the government announces full coverage of deposits in financial institutions to stabilize Taiwan’s financial system and boost depositor confidence.
2008-11-24 The Executive Yuan Council passes a draft of the Special Act for Distributing Consumer Vouchers to Boost the Economy, which is later approved by the Legislature on December 5, 2008 and promulgated by the president on the same day.
2009-01-01 The Labor Insurance Pension scheme takes effect.
2009-02-05 The Executive Yuan Council passes a draft of the Non-Departmental Public Bodies Act, which is approved by the Legislature on April 8, 2011 and promulgated by the president on April 27, 2011.
2009-03-26 The Executive Yuan announces the promotion of six key emerging industries. It also approves a draft amendment to the Act of Military Service System to gradually change the ROC military from a conscripted to a volunteer force; the amendment is later passed by the Legislature on December 13, 2011 and promulgated by the president on December 28, 2011.
2009-06-11 The Executive Yuan Council passes a draft amendment to the Income Tax Act, which is approved by the Legislature on January 7, 2011 and promulgated by the president on January 19, 2011. The amendments revoke income tax exemptions for teachers and military personnel effective January 1, 2012.
2009-08-08 Typhoon Morakot brings devastation to southern Taiwan and other parts of the island, prompting the Executive Yuan to establish the Morakot Post-Disaster Reconstruction Council a week later. On August 27, 2009, the Legislative Yuan approves a special act for post-Morakot reconstruction and allocates a budget of NT$116.5 billion. This act is promulgated by the president on August 28, 2009.
2009-08-27 The Executive Yuan approves the creation of four special municipalities from Taipei County, Taichung County and City, Tainan County and City, and Kaohsiung County and City, to take effect December 25, 2010.