Foreign media have turned the spotlight on Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s agenda during his ongoing working trip to Europe.

Germany’s ASEAN Today wrote on October 15 that the country is a leg of the PM’s tour to several European countries, including Belgium and the Vatican. In addition, his meetings with the European Union representatives and participation in the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM - 10) Summit are also planned in Italy .

One focus of the talks with the European partners is the highly-anticipated conclusion of the negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) between Vietnam and the EU ( EVFTA), which aims to boost their trade significantly .

From the perspective of the Vietnamese Government, the negotiations are going very well . A possible earlier completion is expected later this year , it said.

Later on October 16, Italy’s published an article “Italy and Vietnam: missing prospects and opportunities”.

It saw the summit as a chance for the PM to reiterate the Vietnamese Government’s position on the issue of disputes in the East Sea, adding that it was also mentioned during the PM’s talks with his Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi.

Italy now stands at the 29th place in the rankings of foreign investors in Vietnam . Its newly-inaugurated Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City should give the necessary support to small and medium- sized Italian firms, and they could find a new life through the future FTA deal between the EU and Vietnam, it added.-VNA