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Vietnam Brussels, 12 May 2015

Trade, Sustainable Development and Human Rights in EU-Vietnam Relations - Roundtable with EU stakeholders

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On 12 May 2015 DG Trade held a roundtable in which representatives from the European institutions and from different non-state and international organisations exchanged views with interested EU stakeholders on Trade, Sustainable Development and Human Rights in EU-Vietnam Relations.

EU-Vietnam relations are being strengthened in a wide range of areas with the advance implementation of the Partnership and Co-operation Agreement (PCA), signed in June 2012, as well as with the ongoing negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). These enhanced relations include issues concerning Trade and Sustainable Development as well as Human Rights.

The purpose of this event is to examine and discuss how these two areas are embedded in EU policies towards Vietnam.

The general part of the event was opened by the EU Commissioner for Trade, followed by presentations from representatives of the European Union who provided an overview on where we stand in our political and trade relations with Vietnam, including how sustainable development and human rights are addressed.

The roundtable consisted of three consecutive panels on the areas of trade and environment, human rights and trade and social rights. Each panel included experts on the issues from non-state and/or international organisations as well as from the European Union, who shared their perspectives and engaged in a dialogue with the participants.

Summary paper of the discussion

Contributions from ActionAid and from Mr Le Dang Doanh

Video of the meeting


Ms Cecilia Malmström European Commissioner for Trade
Mr Mauro Petriccione Chief EU Negotiator EU-Vietnam FTA and Deputy Director General, Directorate-General for Trade
Mr Ugo Astuto (TBC) Acting Managing Director and Director for South and South-East Asia, EEAS
Ms Helena König Deputy Chief Negotiator and Acting Director Asia and Latin America, Directorate-General for Trade

Representatives from the European Parliament
Representatives from different non-state and international organisations

Agenda of the meeting


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