The EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement: What You Need to Know
The European Union and Vietnam have recently signed the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) which is set to be ratified in the coming months. The agreement is aimed at promoting investment and reinforcing economic cooperation between the two parties. Here`s what you need to know about the EVIPA.
Protection of Investments
One of the key provisions of the EVIPA is the protection of investments. This means that investors from the EU will be afforded protection against unfair treatment and discrimination in Vietnam. Similarly, Vietnamese investors in the EU will benefit from the same level of protection. The agreement also establishes an independent mechanism for settling disputes between investors and the host state.
Market Access and Trade Facilitation
The agreement also aims to improve market access for companies operating in both regions. This will be achieved by reducing barriers to trade and investment and ensuring a level playing field for businesses. The agreement also includes provisions for the protection of intellectual property rights and the promotion of sustainable development.
Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)
One of the most controversial aspects of the EVIPA is the inclusion of an Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism. This mechanism enables investors to take legal action against the host state if they believe their investments have been unfairly infringed upon. Critics of ISDS argue that it gives too much power to corporations to sue governments and undermine public policy. However, supporters argue that it is necessary to protect investors from potential abuses by host states.
Environmental and Labor Standards
The EVIPA also includes provisions for the promotion of environmental and labor standards. The agreement aims to promote sustainable development by encouraging the use of environmentally-friendly technologies and practices. It also includes provisions for the protection of workers` rights and the promotion of social responsibility.
The EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement is set to bring about significant improvements in the economic relationship between the EU and Vietnam. It provides a framework for the protection of investments, improved market access, and the promotion of sustainable development. However, the inclusion of an ISDS mechanism has generated significant controversy. Despite this, the EVIPA is expected to be ratified in the coming months and looks set to bring about benefits for investors and businesses operating in both regions.