Proposal for a COUNCIL DECISION on the conclusion of the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

1. This Explanatory Memorandum (EM) concerns the proposals for Council Decisions on the signature and conclusion of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA). These Council Decisions respectively constitute the legal instruments authorising the Signing and Conclusion of the agreement on behalf of the European Union (EU).

2. Negotiations for the EVFTA began in June 2012 and concluded in December 2015. After the Court of Justice of the European Union Opinion regarding the EU-Singapore free trade agreement and the division of competences between the EU and Member States, the EVFTA was revised to be an EU exclusive competence only agreement by separating those elements deemed by the CJEU to be of shared competence with Member States into a separate EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA). These revised and final texts were published in August 2018. To note, a separate EM on the EVIPA is being submitted alongside this EM.

Topic  Trade 
Department  DFIT 
Council Reference  13313/18 
COM Reference  COM(18)691 
SEC Reference   
PE Cons   
JOIN   
SWD   
C Reference   

Associated file(s)


  1. 13313/18 - 404 KB - pdf
  2. 13313/18 + Add 1 - 1 MB - pdf
  3. 13313/18 + Add 10 - 2 MB - pdf
  4. 13313/18 + Add 11 - 794 KB - pdf
  5. 13313/18 + Add 12 - 1 MB - pdf
  6. 13313/18 + Add 2 - 451 KB - pdf
  7. 13313/18 + Add 3 - 9 MB - pdf
  8. 13313/18 + Add 4 - 10 MB - pdf
  9. 13313/18 + Add 5 - 10 MB - pdf
  10. 13313/18 + Add 6 - 8 MB - pdf
  11. 13313/18 + Add 7 - 7 MB - pdf
  12. 13313/18 + Add 8 - 1 MB - pdf
  13. 13313/18 + Add 9 - 2 MB - pdf
  14. EM 13313/18 - 129 KB - pdf

Search by reference numbers or topic