EU delegation ends Vietnam trip on "extremely positive note'

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The good impression that Vietnam has left on a visiting European Parliament (EP) delegation will help expedite the reaching of important agreements, the parliamentarians said at a press briefing.

The nine-member delegation from the European Parliament was visiting Vietnam Sunday to Wednesday, meeting with state officials and members of the Vietnam's National Assembly, among other agencies.

Speaking at the briefing on Wednesday, Werner Langen, member of the EP and head of the delegation, said, "We ended this trip on an extremely positive note although we had only time to visit the two biggest cities, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City."

He said he was surprised by the frankness and openness during talks with Vietnamese officials about problems in the relationship between the EU and Vietnam as well as during Vietnam's development.

Langen said all the members of the delegation, with their positive feeling about Vietnam, would speak up on behalf of Vietnam and help the nation generate a particularly positive attitude within the EP in favor of the free trade agreement (FTA) between EU and Vietnam.

"We do feel extremely confident and believe that things such as the trade barriers, environmental protection, social dimensions and the question of human rights will be taken seriously," said Langen.

Concerning the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) which Vietnam and the EU have been negotiating since 2008, Langen said the delegation hoped the final agreement for the PCA would be reached in October.

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