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EU-Vietnam - Industry consultation

  • Policy field: Trade and Industry
  • Target group: All stakeholders
  • Closing Date: Completed - 17/08/2012

Objective of the consultation

Objective of the consultation

On 31st May 2012 the European Commission received the endorsement from the Council to open negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Vietnam.

In 1995 Vietnam joined the ASEAN and begun its accession to the World Trade Organization, which was completed in 2007. At the same time, in 1995, Vietnam signed a cooperation agreement with the European Community, which unilaterally granted to Vietnam the MFN treatment. In recent years, within the ASEAN, Vietnam became party to five FTAs: ASEAN – China, ASEAN – India, ASEAN – Korea, ASEAN – Japan and ASEAN – Australia – New Zealand and has bilateral FTAs with Japan and Israel. Vietnam is also negotiating within the Trans Pacific Partnership.

Vietnam is the EU's fifth individual trade partner in ASEAN, with bilateral trade in goods reaching €18 billion in 2011. The EU exported goods worth €5.2 billion and imported goods worth €12.8 billion. From 2007 to 2011, EU export grew by 9.8% on average per year.

The questionnaire is divided into the following sections:

I. Trade in Goods
II. Trade in Services and Investment
III. Regulatory Issues (Intellectual Property Rights, Competition, Government Procurement)
IV. Other issues

In addition, where possible, we would appreciate receiving as specific information as possible (substantiated where possible by economic indicators and/or data) of respondents' interests, prioritization within sectors, and any proposals for solution, where problems have been identified. 

The questionnaire has been prepared in order to provide the Commission with information to assist it in establishing priorities and taking decisions throughout the negotiating process. Your reply to this questionnaire is important in this process and we thank you in advance for your contribution.

The Commission, subject to the application of the EU's rules on access to documents (Regulation No 1049/2001), will treat the information that you provide as confidential. EU rules on access to documents allow the Commission to withhold access to a document where disclosure would undermine the commercial interests of a natural or legal person or harm the EU's relations with third countries, unless there is an overriding public interest in disclosure.

Download the "EU-Vietnam industry consultation" - questionnaire (MS Word format)
Download the "EU-Vietnam industry consultation" - questionnaire (.pdf format)
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Please note that a second questionnaire, specific to fish and fishery products, has also been published.

Please send your replies by 17 August 2012 to the following e-mail address: 


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