Vietnam – EU parliamentary friendship marked in Belgium
Thursday, 2017-11-30 11:12:09
NDO/VNA – European officials and international friends gathered in Brussels, Belgium, on November 29, to mark the second anniversary of the Vietnam – EU parliamentary friendship group in the European Parliament (EP) (November 11).
The event was organised by the Embassy of Vietnam in Belgium and Vietnam’s Mission to the EU.
Addressing the ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to Belgium and Head of the Vietnam Mission to the EU Vuong Thua Phong lauded the contributions made by the EP to promoting Vietnam – EU relations.
Phong highlighted the significant achievements over the past two years, including the conclusion of the negotiations for the EU - Vietnam free trade agreement (EVFTA) in December 2015, and the EU-Vietnam Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation, which became effective in October 2016.
Vietnam supports the EU’s efforts to expand their cooperation in the Asia – Pacific region, Phong said, expressing his hope that the two sides would accelerate the ratification of the EVFTA.
For his part, president of the parliamentary friendship group, Jan Zahradil detailed the group’s operations over the past two years.
The most important task is to push the ratification of the EVFTA, he said, adding that the final legal documents are under review.
As part of its efforts to push ratification of the EVFTA, the group President is scheduled to visit Vietnam from December 3-5. A delegation from the group will also tour Vietnam next year to strengthen the parliamentary cooperation between the two nations.
The Vietnam – EU parliamentary friendship group gathers nearly 40 parliamentarians in different parties in the EP, with the aim of boosting Vietnam – EU relations.