Today the EC comes to Vietnam to inspect the removal of the 'yellow card' for seafood

This evening (October 10), the inspection team of the European Commission (EC) will be present in Ba Ria - Vung Tau province to check on the situation of fighting illegal, unreported mining. and not according to (IUU) regulations... of Vietnam. This is an opportunity for the seafood industry to remove its "yellow card" after more than 5 years of being warned.

The EC inspection team is expected to include representatives of the General Department of Marine and Fisheries Affairs and the EC Delegation to Vietnam, and will work on combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. (IUU) from October 10 - 18, 2023.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), this is the 4th time the EC Inspection Team has come to inspect the situation of removing Vietnam's seafood "yellow card".

The goal of this working trip is to evaluate the results of implementing the EC's recommendations on combating IUU fishing, focusing on examining the delegation's recommendations after the third inspection trip in October 2022 to bring concluded that the "yellow card" warning for Vietnam's exploited seafood products could be removed or maintained.

The content focuses on controlling fishing vessels violating foreign waters, controlling fishing vessels entering and leaving ports and operating at sea, controlling imported raw materials and tracing the origin of seafood from exploitation.

Deputy Minister Phung Duc Tien said that from November 2022 until now, Vietnam has focused on implementing 4 groups of EC recommendations to combat IUU fishing and remove "yellow card" warnings, including: Completing the legal framework; monitor, inspect and control the activities of fishing vessels and manage the fleet; certification of output and traceability of exploited aquatic products; and law enforcement.

"This evening, the EC Inspection Team will be present in Ba Ria - Vung Tau province. Government leaders and Head of the National Steering Committee for IUU Prevention will have a meeting with the EC Inspection Team on IUU enforcement," said the leader of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

This evening (October 10), the EC inspection team will be present in Ba Ria - Vung Tau province.

According to the work schedule, on October 11 - 15, the EC Inspection Team will work with the Department of Animal Health, the Department of Quality, Processing and Market Development, a number of export enterprises, and conduct field inspections at the port. designated fish under the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA) and locally.

On October 16 - 17, the delegation will have technical work with the Department of Fisheries, Department of Fisheries, Department of Animal Health, Department of Quality, Processing and Market Development and related units.

On October 18, the delegation will have a high-level dialogue with leaders of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

On the evening of October 18, the Government leader - Head of the National Steering Committee for IUU Prevention and Control will receive the delegation.

In the plan to welcome and work with the EC Inspection Team, the leaders of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said that they have clearly stated the goals of continuing to affirm Vietnam's strong commitment to combating IUU exploitation, moving towards harmonizing regulations. international standards and sustainable development of Vietnam's fisheries exploitation industry.

At the same time, the goal is to create trust and mutual understanding regarding the current status, efforts and determination of Vietnam in combating IUU fishing as well as in converting from private fisheries to responsible fisheries. and sustainable development through the implementation of the Fisheries Law, demonstrating proactive strengthening of cooperation with the EU in promoting and effectively implementing the EC's recommendations in the "yellow card warning" on IUU fishing.

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