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Wednesday, 12 February 2020 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Conclusion of the EU-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement (A9-0003/2020 - Geert Bourgeois)

  Frances Fitzgerald (PPE). – Madam President, this deal will boost our trade exchanges and will deliver more jobs and growth into this continent. We badly need more jobs for people within Europe and we must support job creation and innovation.

I want to say that I believe that closing the door does not get any closer to improving Vietnam’s human rights record or indeed the policies and attitudes on climate change. The UN and some NGOs have already acknowledged the improvements and indeed there is a chapter on workers’ rights in the agreement, which is fully compliant with ILO standards. So we want to engage rather than isolate and, of course, we still have to be very cognisant in relation to human rights and climate change and there has to be ongoing monitoring. This is also allowed for. We do need to keep our businesses and get our businesses involved in new regions and countries, and of course this is the way that we spread the standards and the values of the European Union.

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