Deputy Prime Minister meets EU leaders

VOV.VN - Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue and Vice President of the European Commission (EC) Jyrki Katainen met in Brussels on September 18, during which they concurred to strengthen all-level visits.

During their meeting, both leaders agreed that the approval of the Vietnam-EU Partnership and Cooperation Agreement has provide an important legal framework to further deepen Vietnam-EU relationship. 

Hue said the signing and ratification of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) amid rising protectionism are essential for trade liberalisation. 

The two sides pledged to accelerate final procedures for the early signing and ratification of the deal. The EU side will also help improve Vietnam’s capacity to fully and effectively enforce EVFTA’s commitments. 

Hue asked the EU to maintain official development assistance to Vietnam via bilateral and multilateral channels while supporting Mekong Sub-regional cooperation programmes, the ASEAN Community and its central role in the evolving regional architecture. 

Within multilateral cooperation framework, Vietnam and the EU will continue working hand in hand and increase consultation to enhance cooperation efficiency, especially at the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and the ASEAN-EU Dialogue. 

Meeting Secretary General of the World Customs Organisation (WCO) Kunio Mikuriya, Hue urged the WCO to continue assisting member customs agencies and suggested specific cooperation areas between the two sides. 

He proposed the WCO supports Vietnam in carrying out the World Trade Organisation Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTO TFA).

Mikuriya, in turn hailed Vietnam’s achievements in trade liberalization and facilitation and shared information regarding apparatus and governance as well as joint work between customs and management agencies in border areas. 

The same day, Hue also met European Union Chief Negotiator for the EVFTA Mauro Petriccione. 

He also delivered an opening speech and hosted a round-table meeting with nearly 100 business representatives from Belgium and the EU. 

Earlier on September 17,Deputy PM Hue visited the headquarters of Rent-A-Port, an engineering and investment company specializing in the development of marine infrastructure and industrial zones in Belgium.

He applauded investments in wind and solar energy in Vietnam by Belgium’s Rent-A-Port and suggested the company work on connecting wind power to Vietnam’s national power grid.

Rent-A-Port leaders expressed their hope of replicating successful models in Hai Phong and Quang Ninh, and asked the Vietnamese Government to continue to support the company’s projects, especially sea dyke construction and wind and solar power projects.

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