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On 1 February 2016, the text of the EU-Vietnam free trade agreement was published, following the announcement of the conclusion of the negotiations.

The legal review of the text has now begun and will be followed by translation into the EU's official languages and Vietnamese. The Commission will then present a proposal to the Council of Ministers for approval of the agreement and ratification by the European Parliament.

The agreement will contain a legally binding link to the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) that governs the overall relationship between the EU and Vietnam.

Negotiations for an ambitious and comprehensive FTA were launched in June 2012 with a view to ensuring a conducive environment for trade and investment relations.

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  • EU exports to Vietnam are dominated by high tech products including electrical machinery and equipment, aircraft, vehicles, and pharmaceutical products. Vietnam's key export items to the EU include telephone sets, electronic products, footwear, textiles and clothing, coffee, rice, seafood, and furniture.
  • The EU has a negative balance of trade in goods with Vietnam. In 2014, EU-Vietnam trade in goods was worth over €28.3 billion, with €22.1 billion in imports from Vietnam into the EU, €6.2 billion in exports from the EU to Vietnam.
  • The EU is one of the largest foreign investors in Vietnam. In 2015, EU investors committed a total of $1.3 billion in Foreign Direct Investment and thus became Vietnam's third largest foreign investor partner.

EU-Vietnam "trade in goods" statistics

Trade in goods 2013-2015, € billions
Year EU imports EU exports Balance
2013 21.3 5.8 -15.5
2014 22.2 6.2 -16.0
2015 30.0 8.4 -21.5

EU-Vietnam "trade in services" statistics

Trade in services 2012-2014, € billions
Year EU imports EU exports Balance
2012 1.5 1.3 -0.2
2013 1.6 1.7 0.1
2014 1.8 1.7 -0.0

Foreign direct investment

Foreign direct investment 2014, € billions
Year Inward stocks Outward stocks Balance
2014 0.2 4.1 4.0

Date of retrieval: 14/04/2016

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EU and Vietnam

Negotiations for an EU-Vietnam FTA were launched in June 2012.The EU considers the FTAs with individual ASEAN countries as stepping stones towards an agreement in the regional framework, which remains the ultimate goal.

Vietnam has experienced a radical economic and social transformation over the past two decades alongside integration into the global economy. As a rapidly developing and fast growing ASEAN economy, Vietnam holds substantial potential for EU businesses.

The Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Vietnam - signed in June 2012 - offers a solid foundation to intensify relations between the two parties.

Vietnam enjoys trade preferences with the EU under the Generalised Scheme of Preferences.

Vietnam and ASEAN

ASEAN as a whole represents the EU's 3d largest trading partner outside Europe (after the US and China). Of the ten ASEAN members, Vietnam is the EU's fifth most important trading partner. Negotiating better access for EU exporters to the dynamic ASEAN market is a priority for the EU.

The EU-ASEAN Dialogue includes discussions on trade and investment issues at ministerial and senior economic official levels. It plays an important part in the trade co-operation between the EU and ASEAN.

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Trading with Vietnam