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Media Talk about the EU Green Deal and Its Implications to Vietnam’s Growth Strategy

In the city of Ha Long (Quang Ninh Province) last week, the European Union Delegation to Vietnam organised a media talk about the EU Green Deal and its implications to Vietnam growth strategy. 

Over 50 journalists and representatives attended the two-day event under the theme “Can the European Green Deal build Momentum for Vietnam’s Green Growth Strategy?” Speakers included Ambassador Giorgio Aliberti, Head of the EU Delegation to Vietnam; Mr. Rainer Emschermann, International Relations Officer from Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA), European Commission; Dr. Fabian M.Kreuzer, International Relations Officer from Directorate-General for Energy (DG ENER), European Commission; Mr. Tomaso Andreatta, Vice-Chairman of EuroCham, Chairman of Green Growth Sector Committee; Ms. Nguyen Phuong Mai, Deputy Chief of Electricity and Renewable Energy Authority (EREA), Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT). 

The EU Green Deal, adopted in 2020, is a set of policies that reaffirm the European Commission’s commitment to tackling environmental and climate challenges, which form the defined task of the current generation. The initiative constitutes a new growth strategy that aims to transform the EU into a fair and prosperous society, with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy where there are no net emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050 and where economic growth is decoupled from resource use. It also aims to protect, conserve and enhance the EU's natural capital, and protect the health and well-being of citizens from environment-related risks and impacts. 
At the same time, this transition must be just and inclusive. It must put people first, and pay attention to the regions, industries and workers who will face the greatest challenges. Since it will bring substantial change, active public participation and confidence in the transition is paramount if policies are to work and be accepted. A new pact is needed to bring together citizens in all their diversity, with national, regional, local authorities, civil society and industry working closely with the EU’s institutions and consultative bodies. The EU has the collective ability to transform its economy and society to put it on a more sustainable path. It can build on its strengths as a global leader on climate and environmental measures, consumer protection, and workers’ rights.

These policy reforms will help to ensure effective carbon pricing throughout the economy, which will encourage changes in consumer and business behaviour and facilitate an increase in sustainable public and private investment. 
 

Ms. Vien Ngoc Bich

Politics, Press & Information Section, Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam

Tel: 02439461783. Email: bich.vien@eeas.europa.eu