European Commission Vows to Assist Vietnam in Establishing Green And Sustainable Seafood Industry

On September 18, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Le Minh Hoan, headed a delegation from the ministry and businesses during a visit to the European Commission for discussions.

European Commission Affirms Commitment to Support Vietnam in Developing Green And Sustainable Seafood
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Minh Hoan. Photo: VNA

During the working visit, the Vietnamese delegation aims to persuade the European Commission (EC) to lift the yellow card for illegal, unreported or unregulated fishing (IUU) before the fourth inspection takes place.

Minister Le Minh Hoan emphasized the Vietnamese Government’s commitment to transforming agriculture in an ecological, green, and sustainable direction. This commitment stems from Vietnam’s desire to fulfill international commitments, promote agricultural development while protecting the environment, conserving resources for future generations, and contributing to global sustainable development.

Furthermore, Minister Le Minh Hoan highlighted Vietnam’s dedication to developing a transparent, responsible, and sustainable agricultural sector as it has become a major global food supplier.

Regarding the IUU issue, Minister Le Minh Hoan stated that Vietnam saw the EC’s yellow card as both a challenge and an opportunity for the fisheries industry. It allowed the industry to transition from a small-scale, multi-occupation, multi-species tropical fishery to a responsible and sustainable fishery management system.

To achieve this goal, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development immediately reported to the government and implemented a comprehensive plan with specific goals and solutions at all levels, including coastal localities, with the participation of authorities, unions, fishing communities, associations, and seafood businesses.

Thanks to the collective efforts of the entire political system, Vietnam has made significant progress in many areas. The country has achieved a high level of awareness and taken decisive action to implement laws, regulations, and recommendations from the EC to combat IUU fishing. Vietnam also established a comprehensive legal framework for fisheries management, traced the origin of seafood, and developed a national database on sanitation for administrative violations in the fisheries sector.

European Commission Affirms Commitment to Support Vietnam in Developing Green And Sustainable Seafood
Minister Le Minh Hoan with European Commission (EC) officials in Brussels, Belgium. Photo: vneconomy

Minister Le Minh Hoan emphasized that sustainable fisheries development is key to resolving the EC’s yellow card warning. Vietnam is focused on building a large-scale seafood sector with a reputable brand, active participation in the global supply chain, and the protection and development of aquatic resources and biodiversity.

In light of this, Minister Le Minh Hoan requested the EU to promptly remove the IUU yellow card for Vietnam and classify Vietnam as a low-risk group for the implementation of the EU’s new anti-deforestation regulations. He also called on the EC to support Vietnam in developing ecological, circular, and low-emission agriculture, and to continue promoting trade and investment with the country.

Rosie Nguyen