Chief Representative of the European Union: Being an EU ambassador is like playing the organ 0

Chief Representative of the European Union: Being an EU ambassador is like playing the organ

(Dan Tri) – In a conversation with the press at the end of the year, Chief Representative of the European Union Delegation to Vietnam Bruno Angelet shared frankly about his work in Vietnam, the prospects for information

Chief Representative of the European Union Delegation to Vietnam Bruno Angelet

Vietnam – EU relations are very important

Mr. Bruno Angelet, who has worked in Vietnam for many years, shared that the position of Chief Representative of the European Union is much more difficult than the position of Belgian Ambassador he once held.

The EU’s top diplomat humorously compared his job to playing the organ and the player must coordinate smoothly between two sets of keys.

“First of all, I have to coordinate between member states and work with all the institutions in Europe.

But Ambassador Bruno emphasized that it is also an interesting job and he loves it because he loves Vietnam, not only because he has a Vietnamese wife, but because he loves the Vietnamese people in general.

According to Mr. Bruno, previously the relationship between Vietnam and the EU was simply about trade and development cooperation.

The two sides also promote relations in security and defense.

“Vietnam is a wonderful country.

Prospects for passing EVFTA

Regarding the prospect of passing the Vietnam – EU Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), Ambassador Bruno said that the new plan is that the two sides aim to sign the agreement before the summer of 2018 for each side’s parliament to approve.

The EU Ambassador also affirmed that EVFTA is implemented based on the `win-win` perspective.

“Look at the most difficult issues of the agreement and Vietnam needs to prove to the European Union parliament that Vietnam can overcome those barriers.

A very important field for Vietnam is agriculture.

“The EU is an open market for all types of goods, but as I said last year, if you want to enter the EU market you must meet our standards.

Ambassador Bruno also expressed optimism about Vietnam’s economy in 2018. He said that Vietnam is attractive compared to many countries in the region, with an open economy and large export turnover.

However, Mr. Bruno also warned about Vietnam’s economy becoming increasingly dependent on foreign investment (FDI) companies.

“In the long term, a populous country like Vietnam needs to be ‘self-reliant’.

Another problem, the EU Ambassador added, is that most of Vietnam’s capital flows focus on the real estate and financial sectors, not the commodity production sector.

According to Mr. Bruno, the EU is currently the 5th largest investor in Vietnam, but with the EVFTA free trade agreement, Vietnam has the potential to attract more investment capital from the EU.

`Yellow card` for Vietnamese seafood

In the context of concerns related to the EU’s announcement in October of a `yellow card` for Vietnamese seafood due to not meeting requirements on the issue of controlling illegal, unreported and unreported fishing.

“We see strong political will from the Vietnamese side to improve the situation.

through the revised Fisheries Law and provide an action plan as well as strong commitments and recommendations to fishermen.

According to Mr. Bruno, it is too early to see if those measures are effective, because the EU needs to see concrete results.

Peaceful

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