Vietnam, EU look to further deepen bilateral relations: Deputy Minister

On May 9, in Hanoi, the European Union (EU) Delegation to Vietnam hosted a ceremony to celebrate the Europe Day (May 9, 1950 - 2024).
Vietnam, EU look to further deepen bilateral relations: Deputy Minister
Vietnam, EU look to further deepen bilateral relations: Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh receives Ambassador Julien Guerrier, Head of the EU Delegation to Vietnam, Hanoi, November 24, 2023. (Photo: VGP)

Addressing the event, Standing Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Minh Vu described the EU as one of the most successful international organisations since the Schuman Declaration on May 9, 1950, which set out the foundation of the union.

He said since the establishment of their official relations, Vietnam and the EU have faced numerous challenges amid regional and global uncertainties. However, this relationship is still growing intensively and bearing fruit. Calling the relationship a model of cooperation for peace, the official expressed his hope that it will expand and deepen in the time ahead.

As a developing country in Southeast Asia and one of Europe's close partners, Vietnam is aware of the value of cooperation with the EU in many areas, he stressed.

The Union is currently the largest development partner, the fifth-biggest trading partner, and the sixth-largest foreign investor of Vietnam. Meanwhile, Vietnam is the EU's largest trading partner in ASEAN and the 14th largest globally.

The Deputy Foreign Minister suggested EU countries soon ratify the EU – Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) and effectively implement the EU – Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), considering these breakthroughs in the trade and investment cooperation.

He took the occasion to call on the EU to provide development assistance for Vietnam for the 2024 - 2027 period and soon lift the "yellow card" imposed by the European Commission (EC) on Vietnam's seafood exports, and continue to cooperate with and support the country in implementing the Resource Mobilisation Plan (RMP) within the framework of the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) to achieve the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.

Regarding the ASEAN – EU relations, Deputy Minister Vu said Vietnam supports and will actively promote the ASEAN-EU Strategic Partnership, noting the country believes that the EU will make more practical contributions to the grouping.

Head of the EU Delegation to Vietnam Ambassador Julien Guerrier highly valued the Vietnam – EU cooperative relations, emphasising that over the past 35 years, the EU has stood shoulder to shoulder with the country. The EU hopes to support Vietnam to achieve its national development goals by 2045 and its net-zero commitment, he added.

The EU Ambassador also congratulated Vietnam on its developmental milestones.

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