In Ha Noi, on October 13 Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyễn Xuân Cường welcomed a delegation from European Parliament and Fisheries Commission led by Mato Gabriel, Senator and Speaker of Fisheries Commission while they were paying an official visit to Vietnam.
On behalf of the delegation,Senator and Speaker of Fisheries Commission Mato Gabriel expressed his thanks to Minister Nguyễn Xuân Cường for his time. Mato Gabriel emphasized good relations between Vietnam and EU in all fields. He said the delegation would like to learn and share with Vietnam their experiences in controlling IUU fishing activities. He highly appreciated Vietnam’s combat against IUU fishing activities with important legal regulations being performed. He said that EU hoped to continually support and cooperate with Vietnam in this field.
Senator Mato Gabriel shared his belief in further cooperation with Vietnam and that the visit would get good results.
Minister Nguyễn Xuân Cường emphasized that “yellow card” warning from EC was such an opportunity for sustainable development of Vietnam’s fisheries. He said that Vietnam was developing measures to overcome the warnings by issuing Fisheries Law, completing by-law document, implementing national action plan to prevent, minimize and eliminate (IUU) fishing and advising fishermen to strictly follow the Law. This has shown Vietnam’s determination in preventing IUU fishing for a sustainable fisheries development.