National Assembly deputies highlighted the need to make fundamental and comprehensive adjustments to the Civil Code to better ensure human and civil rights, while debating the draft revised Civil Code at their ongoing eighth session of the 13th legislature in Hanoi on November 13.

The draft code comprises 710 articles, of which 265 are maintained, 298 revised, 174 supplemented and 147 removed.

It is viewed to institutionalise measures that look to recognise, respect and protect human and civil rights as well as the basic principals of the socialist-oriented market economy regarding property, business freedom, and equality rights featured in the 2013 Constitution.

The supplements and amendments are intended to promote the fundamental roles held by the Code: creating an efficient legal mechanism to ensure civil rights for individuals and legal entities; minimising civil authorities’ intervention into establishing, changing, or ending civil relations; and facilitating business production and utilising effectively social resources.

Deputies agreed that clearer regulations to specify forms of public and private ownership will make it easier for relevant agencies to handle related legal matters.

Meanwhile, Nguyen Van Hien, a representative from southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau province asked for an explanation of “commercial” and “non-commercial” legal entity stipulated in the code.

Lawmakers agreed with the Government’s proposal on collecting public opinions on the code after it is commented by the National Assembly at this meeting. People’s feedback is proposed to be garnered during January-March, 2015.

The deputies also discussed the draft laws on sea and island resources and environment, and veterinary.-VNA