EUSR Peter Burian participates at the launch of CASA-1000 in Dushanbe (13/05/2016)
Dushanbe, 13 May 2016 - The EU Special Representative for Central Asia, Ambassador Peter Burian paid an official visit to Tajikistan on 11-13 May 2016. During his visit he participated at the official ceremony of launching CASA-1000 project where he represented EU High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini. He also made statement of behalf of the European Union at a round table discussion "CASA-1000 and Prospects of Regional Energy Cooperation Development".
Ambassador Burian highlighted the importance of the establishment of regional energy market, support for the development of renewable energy resources and energy efficiency measures as key to addressing the energy shortages and needs for affordable energy in the region and optimizing resource allocation.
He expressed the readiness of the European Union to continue its engagement in Central Asia supporting sustainable development of the region. He underlined that the EU has doubled its allocations supporting regional cooperation, including regional energy cooperation. The INOGATE and EU4Energy programs and business oriented conferences will further facilitate experience and advanced technologies sharing between the EU and countries of Central Asia.
EUSR expressed his hope that CASA-1000 when fully implemented will significantly contribute to regional energy cooperation between Central and South Asia benefiting all.
EU contribution through EIB, EBRD and EU member states amounts almost 25% of the financial needs for implementing CASA-1000 project.
EUSR Peter Burian used his visit for further developing the bilateral dialogue between the EU and Tajikistan on issues of mutual interest.
Before joining the CASA-1000 ceremony, EUSR Peter Burian met H.E. Sirojiddin Aslov, Minister of Foreign Affairs. In a long, open and friendly talks, the EU support to has been discussed, in particular in the light of the Tajik`s New Development Strategy and the agreement to proceed to elaborate concrete ways of assistance in its implementation at the autumn session of the newly established Sub-committee for development cooperation between the sides. They also exchanged views on the situation in Central Asia regarding the improvement of connectivity in the region and focused also on the forthcoming High Level Security dialogue between the EU and CA countries as well as the Human Rights Dialogue between the EU and Tajikistan to be held in June in Dushanbe. Security and stability in the region, as a mutual interest and concern, has also been highlighted.
With the representatives of the Ministry of Education of Tajikistan Ambassador Burian discussed the current state of bilateral cooperation in education sector, as well as the further extension of Erasmus plus Programme for higher education in Tajikistan.
EUSR also had a number of meetings with the representatives of development partners of Tajikistan working in Dushanbe.
The European Union, composed of 28 Member States, is the world’s biggest aid donor. Tajikistan is getting the main share of EU's bilateral assistance to Central Asia: €251 million for 2014-2020. During this period the EU will focus its development cooperation with Tajikistan on the sectors of education, health and rural development. Tajikistan also receives regional and thematic assistance in areas like border management and drug control (BOMCA/CADAP), education (CAREN & Erasmus+), democracy and human rights (EIDHR), non-State actors (NSA), energy (IFCA & INOGATE), transport (TRACECA), SME development (IFCA & CA-Invest), peace and stability (IcSP) and water/environment and nuclear safety (IFCA, EURECA & INSC). The EU has been active in Tajikistan since 1992 and provides approximately EUR 35 million annually in development assistance.
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