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Vietnam–European Union relations refers to multilateral relations between the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the European Union (EU).

Diplomatic ties between Vietnam and the European Economic Community (EEC) were established in 1990.[1] The legal basis of the bilateral relations between Vietnam and the EU was the Framework Cooperation Agreement, signed after the first meeting conducted by the Joint Commission in 1996.[2] A Free Trade Agreement and an Investment Protection Agreement between both parts were signed on 30 June 2019.[3] The EU–Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) was greenlighted by the European Parliament on 12 February 2020.[4] Both the EVFTA and the Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) were ratified by the Vietnamese National Assembly on 8 June 2020.[5]


  1. ^ Thi Thuy Nguyen & Mascitelli 2017, p. 85.
  2. ^ Thi Thuy Nguyen & Mascitelli 2017, p. 87.
  3. ^ Jacobsson 2020, p. 111.
  4. ^ Navasartian 2020, p. 1.
  5. ^ "EVFTA, EVIPA approved to boost VN-EU economic, trade relations". Vietnam Law Magazine. 9 June 2020.
  • Jacobsson, Johanna (2020). Preferential Services Liberation: The Case of the European Union and Federal States. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-108-47616-4.
  • Navasartian, Areg (2020). "EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement: Insights on the Substantial and Procedural Guarantees for Labour Protection in Vietnam" (PDF). European Papers. 2020 5 (1): 1–14. doi:10.15166/2499-8249/344. ISSN 2499-8249.
  • Thi Thuy Nguyen, Hang; Mascitelli, Bruno (2017). "From European Colony to a New Era: EU-Vietnam Relations – 1990-2017" (PDF). Australia and New Zealand Journal of European Studies. 9 (2). ISSN 1837-2147.
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