The document was signed by Justice Minister Le Thanh Long of Vietnam and his Bulgarian counterpart Krum Zarkov.
The signing ceremony took place virtually in the presence of Vietnamese Ambassador to Bulgaria Do Hoang Long and Bulgarian Ambassador to Vietnam Marinela Petkova.
The newly signed cooperation program aims to implement the Legal and Judicial Cooperation Agreement signed in 2009 between the Vietnamese and Bulgarian Ministries of Justice.
The signing of the new program is expected to open a new period of intensive and practical cooperation between the two ministries, focusing on a number of areas of common interest and priority in the coming period. These include reviewing the Agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance in Civil Matters, exchanging practical experience on civil enforcement of judgments and confiscation of assets in corruption cases and assets from illegal activities, and the application of information technology in legal matters.
At the signing ceremony, both sides expressed their belief that the cooperation program for the period 2023-2024 will meet the expectations of both sides, especially in the context of the post-pandemic socio-economic recovery.