PM holds phone talks with EC President
10:14 | 30/07/2020

VGP - PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc held phone talks with President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen on July 29 on the implementation of the EU-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the EU-Viet Nam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA).

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc held phone talks with President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen

PM Phuc expressed the pleasure to discuss with the EC President in the context that the EVFTA would officially take effect from August 1 and Viet Nam and the EU mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic ties (1990-2020).

The two sides agreed that besides the EU-Viet Nam Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation Framework Agreement (PCA), the Framework Participation Agreement (FPA) in crisis management activities of the EU, and the Voluntary Partnership Agreement on the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT), the signing and implementation of the EVFTA and EVIPA has converted Viet Nam into a leading partner of the EU in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and one of the Asian-Pacific countries having extensive and intensive relations with the EU in terms of politics, economy, trade, development cooperation, environment, sustainable energy, and defense-security. 

The two sides agreed to continue working closely together to implement effectively the EVFTA as well as fully tap its win-win benefits, contributing to prompting trade liberalization, cooperation and connectivity in the Asian-Pacific region, and recovering the regional and global economic growth that is profoundly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

PM Phuc regarded the EVFTA as a golden opportunity for the two sides to boost cooperation and mutual development.

He suggested the EC enable EU member countries to soon ratify the EVIPA and remove the yellow card for Vietnamese aquatic products.

The EC President said the EU attaches great importance to cooperation with Viet Nam in all domains. The President hailed Viet Nam’s efforts in performing the role of the ASEAN Chair 2020 and a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

She proposed the two sides continuously share information and experience in COVID-19 response, support their citizens as well as facilitate and gradually resume travels between Viet Nam and the EU.

The EC President also expressed her concerns over the recent developments in the East Sea. 

The two leaders underlined the importance of keeping peace, security and respect for international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and ensuring freedom of navigation and aviation in the East Sea./. 

By Kim Anh 

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