EP to Help Vietnam with Removing Yellow Card on Seafood
|Daniel Caspary (L), head of the EP’s Delegation for Relations with the Countries of Southeast Asia and ASEAN, and Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang. Photo: VNA|
Caspary told Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang during their meeting in Hanoi on June 20 that the European Commission (EC) is considering the removal of its yellow card on Vietnamese seafood, and stands ready to help the Vietnamese Government and people affected by the warning.
The EC first handed Vietnam the yellow card in October 2017 as a punitive measure against the nation’s inadequate actions against illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
The EU is among the top five largest seafood export markets of Vietnam, which include the US, China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (RoK). The EU market contributed US$1.3 billion to Vietnam's total seafood export turnover of $11 billion last year.
|At the working session between Daniel Caspary, head of the EP’s Delegation for Relations with the Countries of Southeast Asia and ASEAN, and Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang. Photo: VGP|
Caspary noted that the yellow card has been mentioned during visits to Vietnam by many EU delegations, yet solutions still rely on the EC.
He and the EP delegation also appreciated the role and position of Vietnam in the region and the world as well.
He said Vietnam is considered a good example of poverty reduction, foreign direct investment (FDI) attraction, infrastructure development, and its commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050.
For his part, Quang expressed his delight at the profound and substantive developments in the relationship between Vietnam and the EU over the past time, saying currently, the EU is one of Vietnam's leading trade-investment partners, while Vietnam is the EU's largest trade partner in ASEAN.
Quang said he hopes that the two sides will continue to cooperate closely, focusing on the areas where the EU has advantages and those that follow common trends to serve green growth, sustainable development, and climate change response.
|A boat owner and a border soldier inspect the vessel's journey monitoring system in the south-central province of Phu Yen. Photo: VNA|
Stronger bilateral cooperation will contribute to promoting the Vietnam-EU comprehensive partnership, bring practical benefits to people and businesses of both sides, and actively contribute to maintaining peace, stability, development, and prosperity in the region and the world.
Quang called on the EU official and the delegation to support Vietnam in having the EC yellow card warning against its seafood exports lifted.
At the meeting, the two sides also discussed regional and international issues of common concern, including the East Sea issue and the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
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