Maria Angela 1 March 2020, theaseanpost
This file photo shows Indonesian authorities sinking a Vietnamese fishing boat at Datuk island, in West Kalimantan on 4 May, 2019. (AFP Photo)
Relations between the EU and some ASEAN member states have been tense in recent years because of the seafood trade, stemming from the European Commission’s (EC) sanctions related to the illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. As Chair of ASEAN 2020, Vietnam hopes to promote cooperation among ASEAN member states and address this issue to actively contribute towards better ASEAN-EU trade relations.