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lp_eu:EU-Vietnam Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation (consent) - EU-Vietnam Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation (resolution) - EU-Vietnam Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation (protocol to take account of the accession of Croatia) (debate)2
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"Mr President, the conclusion of the EU—Vietnam Free Trade Agreement is excellent news. Although I appreciate the concerns raised by some of my colleagues – property rights, child labour and access to education are obvious examples that come to mind – we should ensure that a carefully calibrated political message is sent to Vietnam. Comprehensive reforms should be encouraged, but threatening language could be counterproductive. Considering the distraction caused by the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the newly formed ASEAN Economic Community, we should not overplay our hand by giving Vietnam an excuse to focus elsewhere. By all means let us be firm, but at the same time let us show flexibility and pragmatism whenever possible. Remember that governments do not do business with each other, people do. Fostering trade links is the quickest way to create wealth and prosperity for both Europeans and the Vietnamese."@en1
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