Nearly 19 million euros from the EU, Denmark and Sweden were given to legislative and judicial reform efforts in Vietnam Thursday, local news website VietNamNet said.
European Union representative Sean Doyle and Vietnam deputy minister of Justice Hoang The Lien signed a cooperation agreement Thursday in which the union handed over eight million euros (US$9.8 million).
Denmark and Sweden also gave 10.7 million euros ($13 million), making the Justice Partnership Program Vietnam's largest judicial and legislative reform project.
Part of the money will support Vietnam Ministry of Justice, and the Supreme People's Court and Supreme People's Procuracy, Vietnam's top prosecutors office.
Some of the funds will go to the Vietnam Bar Association, established last year, and NGOs that work to raise people's awareness of their rights.