On 23 October 2017, the European Commission warned Vietnam to increase efforts to end illegal fishing, failing which it could face a ban on its exports to the EU. Only a few months ago, the EU and Vietnam finalised legal scrubbing of the bilateral FTA on which they concluded negotiations in 2016, and that the text will shortly be submitted to the Council and EP. The aim is to be able to apply the FTA provisionally from early 2018.