Chairman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Vuong Dinh Hue (L) and President of the European Parliament David Sassoli pose for a photo ahead of their meeting on September 8 (Photo: VNA)
Chairman of the Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) Vuong Dinh Hue held talks
with President of the European Parliament (EP) David Sassoli in Brussels,
Belgium, on September 8.
Welcoming the Vietnamese
leader, Sassoli highly valued the country’s role in the region, stressing the
EP and Vietnam share common interests in multiple areas and that the EP wants to
enhance all-round cooperation with the country in such fields as trade and
investment, COVID-19 prevention and control, and response to climate change,
including challenges to water resources, saltwater intrusion, and drought.
Hue affirmed that the European Union (EU) is a
partner of leading importance in Vietnam’s foreign and international
The two sides have maintained
high-level meetings; signed and effectively implemented many important
cooperation agreements such as the Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Partnership
and Cooperation Agreement (PCA), the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), and the Framework
Participation Agreement (FPA); and maintained regular cooperation and dialogue
cooperation mechanisms, thereby helping to lift the Vietnam - EU comprehensive
partnership and cooperation, including the ties between the Vietnamese NA and
the EP, to a new height, according to the Chairman.
At the talks, the two leaders
discussed issues to further intensify the two parliaments’ ties so as to help
develop Vietnam - EU relations more strongly for the sake of both sides.
To promote economic and trade
links comprehensively, Hue expressed his hope that the EP will help promote its
member parliaments’ ratification of the EU - Vietnam Investment Protection
Agreement (EVIPA) to step up investment cooperation while continuing to
facilitate the implementation of the EVFTA.
Regarding collaboration in the
COVID-19 combat, he thanked the EP, relevant agencies of the EU, and
parliamentarians’ groups in the EP for supporting and assisting Vietnam in the
fight. He also echoed the EP’s viewpoint that only solidarity, sharing, and
confidence of victory can help people address the pandemic’s consequences and
return to a “new normal” life.
said, as the pandemic is developing more complicatedly, it requires stronger
inter-regional (between ASEAN and the EU) and global cooperation to continue maintaining
achievements in socio-economic development.
The talks between the leaders of the Vietnamese NA and the EP in Brussels on September 8 (Photo: VNA)
He also voiced his hope that
the EP will accelerate vaccine supply from Europe via the COVAX
Facility and sharing of redundant vaccines, along with medical supplies and COVID-19 drugs, and cooperate with the
country in vaccine production.
Vietnam is ready to make
all-round preparations to become a regional vaccine production centre, the top Vietnamese legislator
He also took this occasion to
ask the EP to support the removal of the “yellow card” warning on
illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing against Vietnam’s fishery sector
to help guarantee livelihoods for Vietnamese fishermen. He stated that the
country has been exerting every effort to deal with the problem and gained
With regard to bilateral parliamentary
cooperation, the NA Chairman held that the achievements obtained so far should
be promoted, and both sides should increase contacts at all levels.
Given this, he invited the EP
President to visit Vietnam to discuss issues of common concern, including the
establishment of practical and effective cooperation frameworks between the two
For his part, Sassoli said
the EVFTA is an exemplary cooperation model, adding that the EP has ratified
the EVIPA and is promoting the remaining member parliaments’ ratification.
The EP sympathises with
Vietnam’s current difficulties and will strive to seek vaccine and medical
supplies for the country’s fight against COVID-19 as soon as possible, he
The two leaders shared the
view that relations between the Vietnamese NA and the EP are flourishing in
both bilateral and multilateral channels, agreeing to increase the exchange of all-level
delegations and share information and experience in parliamentary activities.
During the talks, the two sides exchanged views on issues related to international peace,
security, and cooperation and underlined the role of international law and the
1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in settling
disputes and maintaining security, safety, and freedom of navigation and
They also agreed to closely
coordinate and make active contributions to regional and international forums.
Following the talks, Hue received heads of the EP’s Committee on International Trade (INTA), the delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and ASEAN (DASE),
the EP’s parliamentary friendship group. They looked into measures to
reinforce ties in areas of common interest, including trade and EVFTA