The representatives of the European Union – Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström and Minister Ștefan-Radu Oprea, on behalf of the Romanian Presidency of the Council – signed yesterday in Hanoi the EU-Vietnam trade and investment protection agreements. These most ambitious agreements concluded by the EU with a developing country mark a milestone in our partnership with Vietnam. They will promote further economic development and reinforce trade and investment ties between Vietnam and the European Union. The agreements also further reinforce the EU’s engagement with the Southeast Asian region. Following the signature, the agreements will now be presented on the Vietnamese side to the National Assembly and, on the EU side, to the European Parliament, for their consent. A joint statement published on the occasion of the signature is available online. For more information about the agreement, see a dedicated webpage online.