National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân welcomes head of the Delegation of the European Union to Việt Nam Bruno Angelet in Hà Nội on Thursday. — VNA/VNS Photo Trọng Đức
HÀ NỘI — National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân lauded the contributions by head of the Delegation of the European Union to Việt Nam Bruno Angelet to fostering Việt Nam-EU relations when receiving the outgoing diplomat in Hà Nội on Thursday.
Ngân expressed her delight at efforts to carry out the Việt Nam-EU Partnership and Cooperation Agreement and enhance economic, trade and investment ties.
Emphasising the recent signing of the EU-Việt Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the EU-Việt Nam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA), she said she hopes both sides will work towards the early ratification of the two agreements so that they can open up new cooperation opportunities for both sides’ enterprises.
She stated that the NA and the European Parliament have intensified cooperation through stepping up delegation exchanges, sharing experience in law-making, and exchanging views on regional and international issues of mutual concern.
The NA leader stated that the Vietnamese legislature is willing to welcome members of the European Parliament (EP) to the country to make the organisation understand more about the Vietnamese situation.
Regarding the East Sea issue, the top legislator affirmed Việt Nam's consistent policy of solving disputes by peaceful means in accordance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea; implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea fully and effectively; working with other ASEAN member states in speeding up the building of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea, and avoiding activities that complicate and expand disputes in the sea.
She voiced her hope that in any position, Bruno Angelet will continue contributing to the relations between Việt Nam and the EU in general and between the two parliaments in particular.
The diplomat told his host that the EU always does its best to foster the bilateral relations and support Việt Nam's development.
Việt Nam currently receives the most of assistance programmes from the EU in Southeast Asia, and is the only country to have a comprehensive set of agreements with the EU from the PCA to the EVFTA, the EVIPA, and the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT), he stressed, adding that these results are thanks to Việt Nam's open and friendly foreign policy.
He also acknowledged the country’s efforts in implementing its international commitments, including the ratification of the International Labour Organisation’s Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention No. 98.
The official expressed his belief that in the future, both sides will maintain efforts to realise agreements signed, thus contributing to boosting both sides’ development. — VNS