Vietnam asks the European Council to help remove the yellow card for seafood

 Vietnam asks the European Council to help remove the yellow card for seafood

The Prime Minister hoped that the European Council would have a voice so that the EC would soon remove the yellow card for fisheries, and assist Vietnam in transforming a modern and sustainable fisheries development model.

Receiving European Council President Charles Michel in the framework of the expanded G7 Summit in Hiroshima, Japan today, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh asked the Council to push the parliaments of member countries to ratify the Investment Protection Agreement. Vietnam - EU (EVIPA). This is the basis for creating a breakthrough in investment cooperation between the two sides, in addition to the Vietnam - EU Trade Agreement (EVFTA) that has been implemented since 2020. 

The Prime Minister also expressed his wish that the European Council have a voice for the European Commission (EC) to soon remove the IUU yellow card for seafood exports and support Vietnam in transforming a modern and sustainable fisheries development model steadily. The fishery yellow card, when removed, will ensure the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese fishermen and meet the interests of EU consumers.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh receives European Council President Charles Michel within the framework of the expanded G7 Summit, on May 20, in Hiroshima, Japan. Photo:  Doan Bac

The President of the European Council acknowledged the progress made by the two sides in handling the yellow card issue of seafood. Mr. Charles Michel also highly appreciated Vietnam's anti-corruption efforts and wished that Vietnam would continue to support the EU to strengthen ties with ASEAN. 

In 2017, Vietnam was warned by the EC with a yellow card for not complying with regulations against illegal, undeclared and unregulated (IUU) fishing. This means that Vietnamese seafood exported to the EU will be 100% controlled instead of probability checking, causing businesses to incur more costs.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh is in Japan to attend the 49th G7 Open Summit on May 20-21. This is the third time Vietnam has attended this conference and the second time at the invitation of Japan. This year, Vietnam is one of two Southeast Asian countries invited by Japan, next to Indonesia.

The 49th G7 Extended Summit is within the framework of the G7 Summit on May 19-22. The G7 includes the advanced industrialized nations of the US, UK, France, Germany, Japan, Canada and Italy, which play an important role in shaping and strengthening the global structure and governance.


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