World Bulletin / News Desk
The European Union and Vietnam reached a free trade agreement on Tuesday, after two years of negotiations.
The free-trade deal is the first of its kind that the EU has concluded with a developing country.
The European Commission said in a statement that the deal would remove about 99 percent of tariffs on goods traded between the 28-nation bloc and Vietnam.
“Vietnam is a growing economy, and, once this agreement is up and running, it will provide significant new opportunities for companies on both sides, by increasing market access for goods and services," EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said in a statement on Tuesday.
Negotiations will now continue to settle the remaining technical issues and to formalize the text, which will then have to be approved by the European Council and the European Parliament.
“Our deal will also make sure that trade does not take place at the cost of the environment or of people’s rights," Malmstrom said.
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