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Seminar focuses on legal unity in ASEAN

Update: July, 18/2015 - 09:23

Vietnamese lawmakers, scholars and representatives of different agencies joined EU and ASEAN experts at an international seminar, where they exchanged ideas on legal harmonisation between Viet Nam and the ASEAN Community. — Photo vovworld.vn

DA NANG (VNS)— Vietnamese lawmakers, scholars and representatives of different agencies joined EU and ASEAN experts at an international seminar, where they exchanged ideas on legal harmonisation between Viet Nam and the ASEAN Community.

The two-day seminar, Legal Harmonisation in the Establishment of the ASEAN Community – Issues for Viet Nam and Experiences from the EU, concluded yesterday in Da Nang.

"It was a good opportunity for us to understand and share views on an issue fairly new to Viet Nam, which is legal harmon-isation in support of regional integration," said Ngo Duc Manh, vice chairman of the National Assembly Committee for External Affairs.

Lessons learned from the EU, recommendations and solutions will help promote the roles of ASEAN member legislatures, including Viet Nam, Manh said.

Juan Zaratiegui, political advisor of the EU Delegation to Viet Nam, said the EU considers the National Assembly one of the key institutions steering Viet Nam toward modernisation.

"The important laws that will be approved in 2015 and 2016, like the Press Law or the Penal Code, will be fundamental putting Viet Nam on the path toward the prosperity, freedom, and respect from human rights that are established in the Constitution, and are the basis of EU-Viet Nam relations."

At the conference, participants discussed perceptions of legal harmonisation in regional integration. Viet Nam and ASEAN members face many challenges as they strive to establish the ASEAN Community by the end of the year. One is the implementation of a common agreement on harmon-ising legal systems to promote a comprehensive integration process as stated in the ASEAN charter.

The EU is considered a typical example of regional integration. It applied a variety of methods to harmonise legal systems between member countries, including using the principle of mutual recognition.

However, legal harmonisation within the context of regional integration is a new issue for both ASEAN and Viet Nam. The National Assembly of Viet Nam needs to learn from the EU.

The seminar, which was organised by the Office of the National Assembly of Viet Nam and the EU Delegation to Viet Nam, is part of the EU-Viet Nam Strategic Dialogue Facility. — VNS



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