|National Assembly Chairman Vương Đình Huệ had meeting with European Parliament Delegation for Relations with the Countries of Southeast Asia and ASEAN (DASE) led by its Chairman Daniel Caspary on Monday in Hà Nội. — VNA/VNS Photo Doãn Tấn|
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam treasures and wishes to boost its relationship with the European Union (EU) – a leading important partner in Việt Nam’s foreign policy, National Assembly Chairman Vương Đình Huệ has said.
During his reception in Hà Nội on Monday for the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with the Countries of Southeast Asia and ASEAN (DASE) led by its Chairman Daniel Caspary, Chairman Huệ spoke highly of positive and significant outcomes in the Việt Nam-EU relationship across the pillars of politics, diplomacy, economy-trade-investment, agro-forestry-fisheries, national defence-security, development cooperation and human rights dialogue.
Việt Nam always supported the strengthening of ASEAN-EU strategic partnership. Việt Nam, including its National Assembly, would be ready to play an active role in this process, he said.
Caspary, for his part, briefed the host about the delegation’s agenda with relevant Vietnamese agencies, including a mechanism on cooperation in the implementation of the Việt Nam-EU Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and in certain areas within ASEAN, as the EU-ASEAN relationship has been upgraded to a strategic partnership.
Stressing that both sides had been experiencing extremely challenging times due to COVID-19 and global conflicts, Caspary believed that in such context, the EU-Vietnam ties would play an increasingly important role. He expressed his expectations that two-way trade would continue to increase in the future, and parliamentary cooperation would play a crucial role in the overall cooperative relationship between the EU and Việt Nam.
DASE members said mutual visits and delegations exchanges would contribute to raising mutual understanding, trust and closer ties, bringing prosperity to the people on both sides. The consistent rise in bilateral trade volume over time demonstrated the importance of the EVFTA.
They expressed their interest in the fisheries sector, policies promoting the development of Việt Nam’s regions while ensuring the quality of growth, solutions and orientations to building eco-friendly energy programmes.
According to Chairman Huệ, Việt Nam is investing significant resources into three national target programmes on sustainable poverty reduction, new rural development, and socio-economic development in ethnic minority and mountainous areas. Among these, the Vietnamese National Assembly is conducting the highest-level supervision on the implementation of the NA’s Resolutions on the National Target Programmes on new rural development and sustainable poverty reduction for 2021-2025, and socio-economic development in ethnic minority and mountainous areas for the 2021-2030 period.
On regional and global issues of shared concern, Huệ suggested that the EU continue playing an active role and contribute with concrete actions to ensure the rule of law, freedom of navigation and overflight in the East Sea (known internationally as the South China Sea). He also urged for enhanced cooperation between the EU and ASEAN on this matter.
The host wished that both sides would continue working closely together, particularly sharing parliamentary experience, improving legal frameworks and addressing global challenges, and at important multilateral and regional parliamentary forums.
Caspary said the EU was making efforts to seek approval from the remaining countries' parliaments for the EU-Việt Nam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA).
He hoped that the EU’s "Global Gateway" initiative would contribute to a strong connection between the EU and ASEAN, as well as between the people of both blocs. The Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership (ASEP) meeting, scheduled to take place in Europe this year, would provide an opportunity for both sides to engage in discussions and exchanges to further boost collaboration.
On the occasion, Huệ extended his invitation to a delegation of young EP members to the ninth Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians which is to be jointly organised by Việt Nam and the Inter-Parliamentary Union this September. — VNS