EU - Vietnam: New building blocks for a stronger partnership

(VNF) - “Recent landmark agreements lay a solid foundation for an all – rounded and political partnership. The EU and Vietnam can look forward to a very fruitful collaboration in the years to come”, said newly-appointed Ambassador - Head of EU Delegation Mr. Bruno Angelet at a press briefing in Hanoi on October 28th.

(VNF) - “Recent landmark agreements lay a solid foundation for an all – rounded and political partnership. The EU and Vietnam can look forward to a very fruitful collaboration in the years to come”, said newly-appointed Ambassador - Head of EU Delegation Mr. Bruno Angelet at a press briefing in Hanoi on October 28th.

“In 2015, the EU and Vietnam are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. During those 25 years, Vietnam and the European Union achieved major successes. Through their bilateral and common programs, the Member States and their common EU institutions have established with Vietnam a dense network of relationships based on trust and common understanding. Our partnership evolved from humanitarian aid to development and economic cooperation, and to trade and investment.

EU - Vietnam: New building blocks for a stronger partnership
With our Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, our Development Cooperation Program and our Free Trade Agreement all building blocks are in place to move beyond aid and trade and establish a more political, comprehensive partnership. Europe can be Vietnam's best partner for the future, as Vietnam is also becoming one of the most dynamic and pro-European countries in the region.

Europe's sophisticated societies have developed a market-economy with a strong social component. Europe is a powerhouse in science and innovation and is leader in the fight against climate change and the transition to a smart and green economy.

It has many things on offer for Vietnam: excellent governance models and service delivery in the field of infrastructure, training and education, justice and rule of law including human rights, health, social security and sustainable energy. Vietnam, on the other hand, offers Europe a rapidly growing market, with a young labor force. It increasingly unites the best conditions to become a competitive hub within ASEAN.

"In addressing global issues and promoting international rule of law, Europe's first choice goes to strong regional integration and active diplomacy within multilateral organizations, in particular the United Nations. The EU and its member states should now explore how to pursue common objectives with Vietnam in the field of foreign policy."

Ambassador Angelet, a Belgian national, has intensive working experience in Vietnam. He was previously the Ambassador of Belgium to Vietnam (2011 - 2015) and served as Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Belgium in Hanoi (1994 - 1998).

Ambassador Angelet has also intensive experience on European affairs, serving as Deputy Chief of Cabinet - EU advisor of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium (2010 - 2011). All over his career, he was involved in the development of European Foreign Policy, European Defense and Crisis management, both at the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the European Union (2002 - 2005), and at the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs./.

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