VPAs are among the key tools of the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Government and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan of 2003. As of mid-2016, 15 countries were negotiating or implementing VPAs with the EU. Vietnam and the EU began negotiating the VPA in 2010. On 11 May 2017, Vietnam and the EU initialed the VPA. Initialing marked the formal conclusion of the negotiations.
Learn more about VPA from the video below: