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Committee on Regional Trade Agreements - Free trade agreement between the European Union and Viet Nam - Goods and services - Questions and replies
作者:European Union and Viet Nam

free Trade Agreement between the European Union and Viet Nam
(Goods and Services)

Questions and Replies

        The following communication, dated 22 October 2021, is being circulated at the request of the delegations of the European Union and Viet Nam.





Questions from Canada


Characteristic elements of the agreement


Background information


1.1.  Paragraph 2.5 states: "The Parties affirm the importance of cooperation and capacity building for the efficient implementation of the Agreement and commit to deepen cooperation in areas of mutual interest taking into consideration their different levels of development (Article 16.1). Cooperation shall foster inter alia, sustainable growth and the reduction of poverty. Article 16.2 lists areas for cooperation including trade facilitation, trade-related aspects of agriculture, fishery and forestry, environment, labour and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)."

a.    What types of cooperation activities will the EU and Viet Nam undertake as part of the Cooperation and Capacity Building Chapter?

Response from the Parties


        The EU is funding a large cooperation programme in Viet Nam, which encompasses many of the cooperation areas covered under Article 16.2.

        On trade policy, Viet Nam signed a Financing Agreement to implement the ARISE+ Trade Related Assistance Programme in 2018. The programme will run until the end of 2023 with a total budget of EUR 6.4 million. It includes a large technical assistance facility providing support to the Government of Viet Nam in agriculture-related aspects of trade, the removal of technical barriers to trade and export promotion.

        On forestry and trade in timber products, the EU and Viet Nam are working together on the implementation of EU-Viet Nam FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA). Technical support to the VPA process comes from several sources: (1) Global EU-FAO FLEGT programme, implemented by FAO, provides grant support to government authorities, timber industry associations and non‑state actors. The support mostly covers awareness raising capacity building along the negotiation and implementation, including the development of a timber legality assurance system (VNTLAS). (2) FLEGT-Asia regional programme which channels support from the European Forest Institutes (EFI). (3) Direct technical support through service contracts to help both EU and Viet Nam during the VNTLAS development.