The Union of Vietnamese Associations in Europe established at the first congress in 2016 (Source: VNA)

Prague (VNA) – The Union of Vietnamese Associations in Europe on April 21 held its third conference in Prague, the Czech Republic, with the participation of representatives from the Vietnamese communities in 14 European countries.

The union’s president Hoang Dinh Thang delivered a report reviewing the union’s activities since the beginning of 2017 and planned activities for 2018 and 2019.

He stressed the three petitions sent to the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF), the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs and Vietnamese ministries and sectors involved, which mentioned the official recognition of the union, the coordination between the union and ministries and sectors in organising cultural activities in Europe, and policies to encourage younger generations to participate in social works to build a united, integrated and developed Vietnamese community.

At the conference, the delegates discussed how to attract more youths to join the union’s activities and measures to preserve national culture, including Vietnamese language among younger generations.

Vice President of the VFF Central Committee Nguyen Huu Dung said that the petition for the official recognition of the union is reasonable.

He promised to report the petition to the VFF Central Committee’s Standing Board and relevant agencies for further consideration.

The union, set up in Prague in October 2016 with 16 members, has gained initial achievements in gathering and exchange experiences between the Vietnamese communities in Europe.

Currently, the union has 17 members and plans to expand the network to all European countries.-VNA