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Vietnam, EU enhance green energy, environmental cooperation

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Vietnam and the European Union (EU) have discussed cooperation potential in green and renewable energy and environmental protection at a seminar held at the Vietnamese Embassy in Belgium on July 2.

Nguyen Van Thao, Vietnamese ambassador to Belgium, underscored Vietnam’s commitment to green and sustainable development, particularly in renewable energy and environmental protection.

He expressed confidence in the European Chamber of Commerce (EuroCham)’s expertise in renewable energy and its contribution to Vietnam’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change, reported the Vietnam News Agency.

Discussions focused on key environmental challenges facing Vietnam, including illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, biodiversity conservation in agriculture, and environmental pollution.

The ambassador called for EuroCham’s support in lifting the EU’s yellow card on seafood imports from Vietnam.

Dominik Meichle, chairman of EuroCham in Vietnam, praised the ongoing cooperation between European and Vietnamese partners, particularly in sustainable economic development. He noted that EuroCham consistently raises the yellow card issue with the European Commission (EC) and expressed hope for its resolution during the EC’s visit to Vietnam later this year.

EuroCham mentioned Vietnam’s stable economic growth, citing positive business sentiment reflected in EuroCham’s business confidence index.

Meichle emphasized the Southeast Asian country’s strengths in attracting foreign investment, such as a stable investment environment and a government that actively engages in dialogue with businesses.

He offered recommendations to reduce administrative procedures and increase public investment in green energy and infrastructure projects.

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