Prime Minister: VN-EU relations to go strategic
During a reception given to the outgoing head of the European Commission (EC) delegation in Viet Nam, Markus Cornaro, in Ha Noi, on May 28, PM Dung singled out the EC Ambassador's contributions to the development of Viet Nam-EU relations.
Of particular importance, the PM noted was the Ambassador's efforts in aiding Viet Nam's admission to the World Trade Organisation and the implementation of the Viet Nam-EU master plan, while serving his term between 2003-2007.
Speaking at the reception, the outgoing statesman said the bilateral EU-Viet Nam relationship has moved from strength to strength and the EC is eager to enter into negotiations for the agreement that would benefit not only the EU and Viet Nam but also the EU-ASEAN free trade market.
The EU has already pledged a 30 percent increase in its official development assistance (ODA) to Viet Nam in health care and poverty reduction among other fields from now until 2013, as a sign of the importance the EU places on the relationship, he said. In 2006, the EC granted 936 million USD in ODA to Viet Nam.
On May 25, Cornaro was awarded the insignia "For Public Health", for his contributions to the development of the country's health sector./.(VNA)
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