09:27 | 06/12/2017 Events
Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue hosted a reception in Hanoi, on December 5, for Jan Zahradil, Vice Chair of the Committee on International Trade under the European Parliament (EP) and Chairman of the Friends of Vietnam Group at the EP.
|Deputy PM Vuong Dinh Hue and Jan Zahradil, Vice Chair of the Committee on International Trade under the European Parliament|
Hue thanked Zahradil for his efforts in helping to establish the Friends of Vietnam Group at the EP, as well as his contributions to the relationship between Vietnam and the European Union (EU) and between the Vietnamese National Assembly and the EP.
He stressed the important role and contributions of the Committee on International Trade to the economic and trade cooperation process between the two sides.
According to him, the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) is one of the most outstanding agreements in terms of trade liberalisation.
Vietnamese ministries and agencies are currently checking the draft EVFTA and Investment Protection Agreement and will reply to the EU soon, Hue said.
The Vietnamese Government wants to welcome the Friends of Vietnam Group to the country at the earliest time possible, he added.
Jan Zahradil stated that the Friends of Vietnam Group at the EP plays an important role in canvassing the EP to approve the EVFTA in 2018.
Upon taking effect, the agreement will stimulate the bilateral economic, trade and investment ties, thus helping to meet the aspirations of the two business communities.
He shared the group’s stance of avoiding the supplementation of non-trade matters to the EVFTA, in order to promptly submit it to the EP and the Vietnamese NA for discussion and approval.