While, since 1993, agreements negotiated by the EU with third countries refer to sustainable development, the implementation of a sustainable development policy in the EU`s external relations dates back to the European Commission`s 2002 Communication “Towards a global partnership for sustainable development”. The Commission committed, inter alia, to “strengthen the sustainable dimension of bilateral and regional agreements by committing to sustainable development and engaging in dialogue to enable the exchange of good practices”.  This objective is now further reinforced in EU primary law. Indeed, the Treaty of Lisbon has made it one of its foreign policy objectives to promote sustainable economic, social and environmental development (Article 21 TEU). EU-Vietnam: Council gives final green light to free trade agreements These conditions help minimise the impact of this pressure on exports and will contribute to the faster resumption of eu-Vietnam trade relations. The trade agreement reached in December 2015, after several rounds of negotiations that began in 2012, is the most ambitious ever reached between the EU and a developing country and will remove virtually all tariffs between the two sides. The agreement is also an instrument for environmental protection and social progress in Vietnam, including in the area of workers` rights, says the resolution accompanying the approval decision. However, concerns have been expressed about the capacity and manpower of Vietnam`s garment and textile industry since the entry into force of CEFTA, as well as the existing Comprehensive and Progressive Trade Agreement (CPTPP), to which Vietnam is also a signatory. As just-style has already pointed out, Vietnam is working to increase fabric production so that its domestic garment manufacturers can benefit from the “Yarn Forward” rules of origin under the CPTPP trade agreement.  Non-document of the chapters on Commission services, trade and sustainable development (IPR) in EU Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), 11 July 2017, p. 4, www.trade.ec.europa.eu. See also Congressional Research Service, Labor Enforcement Issues in U.S.
FTAs, updated March 2, 2020, www.fas.org. . . .