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CHAPTER 4: INSTITUTIONAL, GENERAL AND FINAL PROVISIONS

ARTICLE 4.1

Committee

1.      The Parties hereby establish a Committee comprising representatives of the EU Party and Viet Nam.

2.      The Committee shall meet once a year, unless otherwise decided by the Committee, or in urgent cases at the request of either Party. The meetings of the Committee shall take place alternately in the Union and Viet Nam, unless otherwise agreed by the Parties. The Committee shall be co-chaired by the Minister of Planning and Investment of Viet Nam and the Member of the European Commission responsible for trade, or their respective delegates. The Committee shall agree on its meeting schedule and set its agenda.

3.      The Committee shall:

(a)     ensure the proper operation of this Agreement;

(b)     supervise and facilitate the implementation and application of this Agreement, and further its general aims;

(c)     consider issues regarding this Chapter that are referred to it by a Party;

(d)    examine difficulties which may arise in the implementation of Section B (Resolution of Disputes between Investors and Parties) of Chapter 3 (Dispute Settlement);

(e)     consider possible improvements of Section B (Resolution of Disputes between Investors and Parties) of Chapter 3 (Dispute Settlement), in particular in the light of experience and developments in other international fora;

(f)     upon request of either Party, examine the implementation of any mutually agreed solution as regards a dispute under Section B (Resolution of Disputes between Investors and Parties) of Chapter 3 (Dispute Settlement);

(g)    examine draft working procedures drawn up by the President of the Tribunal or of the Appeal Tribunal pursuant to paragraph 10 of Article 3.38 (Tribunal) and paragraph 10 of Article 3.39 (Appeal Tribunal);

(h)     without prejudice to Chapter 3 (Dispute Settlement), seek to solve problems which might arise in areas covered by this Agreement, or resolve disputes that may arise regarding the interpretation or application of this Agreement; and

(i)     consider any other matter of interest relating to areas covered by this Agreement.

4.      The Committee may, in accordance with the relevant provisions of this Agreement:

(a)     communicate on issues falling under the scope of this Agreement with all interested parties, including the private sector, social partners, and civil society organisations;

(b)    consider and recommend to the Parties amendments to this Agreement or, in cases specifically provided for in this Agreement, amend by decision provisions of this Agreement;

(c)     adopt interpretations of the provisions of this Agreement, including pursuant to paragraph 4 of Article 3.42 (Applicable Law and Rules of Interpretation) which shall be binding on the Parties and all bodies set up under this Agreement, including arbitration panels referred to in Section A (Resolution of Disputes between Parties) of Chapter 3 (Dispute Settlement) and the tribunals established under Section B (Resolution of Disputes between Investors and Parties) of Chapter 3 (Dispute Settlement);

(d)    adopt decisions or make recommendations as envisaged by this Agreement;

(e)     adopt its own rules of procedure;

(f)     take any other action in the exercise of its functions in accordance with this Agreement.

5.      The Committee may, in accordance with the relevant provisions of this Agreement and after completion of the respective legal requirements and procedures of the Parties:

(a)     adopt decisions to appoint the Members of the Tribunal and the Members of the Appeal Tribunal pursuant to paragraph 2 of Article 3.38 (Tribunal) and paragraph 3 of Article 3.39 (Appeal Tribunal); increase or decrease the number of Members pursuant to paragraph 3 of Article 3.38 (Tribunal) and paragraph 4 of Article 3.39 (Appeal Tribunal); and remove a Member from the Tribunal or the Appeal Tribunal pursuant to paragraph 5 of Article 3.40 (Ethics);

(b)     adopt and subsequently amend rules supplementing the applicable dispute settlement rules as referred to in paragraph 4 of Article 3.33 (Submission of a Claim); such rules and amendments shall be binding on the Tribunal and the Appeal Tribunal;

(c)     adopt a decision stipulating that Article 3(3) of the UNCITRAL Transparency Rules shall apply instead of paragraph 3 of Article 3.46 (Transparency of Proceedings);

(d)     fix the amount of the retainer fee referred to in paragraph 14 of Article 3.38 (Tribunal) and paragraph 14 of Article 3.39 (Appeal Tribunal) as well as the other fees and expenses of the Members of a division of the Appeal Tribunal and of the Presidents of the Tribunal and of the Appeal Tribunal pursuant to paragraphs 14 and 16 of Article 8.28 (Tribunal) and paragraphs 14 and 16 of Article 3.39 (Appeal Tribunal);

(e)     transform the retainer fee and other fees and expenses of the Members of the Tribunal and of the Appeal Tribunal into a regular salary pursuant to paragraph 17 of Article 3.38 (Tribunal) and paragraph 17 of Article 3.39 (Appeal Tribunal);

(f)     adopt or reject the draft working procedures of the Tribunal or of the Appeal Tribunal pursuant to paragraph 10 of Article 3.38 (Tribunal) and paragraph 10 of Article 3.39 (Appeal Tribunal);

(g)    adopt a decision specifing any necessary transitional arrangements pursuant to Article 3.41 (Multilateral Dispute Settlement Mechanisms); and

(h)    adopt supplemental rules on fees pursuant to paragraph 5 of Article 3.53 (Provisional Award).

ARTICLE 4.2

Decision-Making by the Committee

1.      The Committee shall, for the purpose of attaining the objectives of this Agreement, have the power to take decisions, where provided for in this Agreement. The decisions taken shall be binding on the Parties, which shall take the measures necessary for the implementation of those decisions.

2.      The Committee may make appropriate recommendations to the Parties.

3.      All decisions and recommendations of the Committee shall be made by mutual consent.

ARTICLE 4.3

Amendments

1.      The Parties may amend this Agreement. An amendment shall enter into force after the Parties exchange written notifications certifying that they have completed their respective applicable legal procedures as provided for in Article 4.9 (Entry into Force).

2.      Notwithstanding paragraph 1 and where provided for in this Agreement, the Parties may adopt in the Committee a decision amending this Agreement. This is without prejudice to the completion of each Party's applicable legal procedures.

ARTICLE 4.4

Taxation

1.      Nothing in this Agreement shall affect the rights and obligations of either the Union or one of its Member States or Viet Nam under any tax agreement between any Member State of the Union and Viet Nam. In the event of any inconsistency between this Agreement and any tax agreement, that tax agreement shall prevail to the extent of the inconsistency.

2.      Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed as preventing the Parties from distinguishing, in the application of the relevant provisions of their fiscal legislation, between taxpayers who are not in the same situation, in particular with regard to their place of residence or with regard to the place where their capital is invested.

3.      Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed as preventing the adoption or enforcement of any measure aimed at preventing the avoidance or evasion of taxes pursuant to the tax provisions of agreements to avoid double taxation or other tax arrangements or domestic fiscal legislation.

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