Chronology of bilateral relations

2016

  • 16 February
    Fifth meeting of the Cooperation Council between the European Union and Tajikistan in Brussels, Belgium

2015

  • 12 – 18 October
    European Week 2015
  • 18 September
    The EU Special Representative for Central Asia, Ambassador Peter Burian paid an official visit to Tajikistan.
  • 8 July
    Head of Delegation, Ambassador Biščević, met with representatives of Civil Society to present the outcomes of the 2015 Human Rights Dialogue.
  • 11 June
    The Annual EU – Tajikistan Human Rights Dialogue took place for the first time in Brussels.
  • 9 – 11 June
    The newly appointed EU Special Representative for Central Asia, Ambasador Peter Burian, visited Tajikistan in order to represent the European Union at the High Level International Conference on the implementation of the International Decade for Action “Water for Life”, 2005-2015.
  • 10 June
    Fourth meeting of the EU – Tajikistan Co-operation Committee, in Brussels
  • 11 March
    Tajikistan hosted the EU – Central Asia High Level Security Dialogue, attended by deputy Foreign Ministers of the Central Asian states and the deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service

2014

  • 18 November
    Head of Delegation, Ambassador Biščević, presented his credentials to President Rahmon.
  • 18 – 19 November
    EU – Tajik Civil Society Seminar in Dushanbe
  • 25 October – 2 November
    European Week 2014
  • 20 October
    Meeting of the EU – Tajikistan Co-operation Council in Luxembourg
  • 7 August
    Head of Delegation, ambassador Auer, completed his tour of duty in Tajikistan
  • 18 June
    Meeting of the EU – Tajikistan Co-operation Committee in Dushanbe
  • 17 June
    EU – Tajikistan Annual Human Rights Dialogue
  • 11 June
    The recently appointed new EU Special Envoy for Central Asia, Ambassador Janos Herman, on his regional tour visited Tajikistan and met with several high level government officials and representatives of civil society.
  • 7 April
    Member of the European Parliament, Mr. Henri Weber visited Dushanbe and conducted a conference on the History of the European Construction
  • 11 – 13 February
    Mr. Dirk Meganck, Director for Asia, Central Asia and Pacific, European Commission General Directorate for Cooperation and Development led a mission in Dushanbe from 10-13 February to review development co-operation between the EU and Tajikistan

2013

  • 16 - 24 November
    European Week 2013
  • 1 October
    Third meeting of the EU – Tajikistan Co-operation Council in Brussels
  • 17 – 18 September
    Civil Society Seminar
  • 19 – 22 August
    The EU Special Representative for Central Asia, Ambassador Patricia Flor, visited Dushanbe
  • 2 - 3 July
    Two workshops were held within the EU Rule of Law Platform
  • 28 June
    Croatia obtained official EU membership.
  • 21 - 22 June
    The EU Special Representative for Central Asia, Ambassador Patricia Flor, visited Dushanbe to meet with the Tajik Minister of Foreign Affairs and members of the political opposition. She also visited Khorog to meet with representatives of the Tajik civil society.
  • 12 - 15 May
    Two workshops were held within the EU Rule of Law Platform
  • 11 April
    The European Investment bank and Tajikistan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in order to deepen the cooperation between Tajikistan and the Bank.
  • 6 March
    EU – Tajikistan Annual Human Rights Dialogue
  • 11 - 12 February
    The EU Special Representative for Central Asia, Ambassador Patricia Flor, visited Dushanbe. She met with President Rahmon and several high level government officials.

2012

  • 29 November
    Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission, has visited Dushanbe to meet with President Rahmon, as part of her Central Asia tour.
  • 23 October – 2 November
    European Week 2012
  • 13 August
    Celebratory Conference on the occasion of 20 years EU – Tajikistan bilateral relations.
  • 26 June
    The European Union has adopted its first ever Framework on Human Rights and Democracy.
  • 16 June
    EU – Tajikistan Civil Society Seminar on the topic of Torture Prevention
  • 3 May
    The Central Asia Delegation of the European Parliament visited Dushanbe for their second Session of the EU – Tajikistan Parliamentary Cooperation Committee
  • 27 February
    Second meeting of the EU-Tajikistan Cooperation Council in Brussels.
  • 23 – 26 January
    Mr. Dirk Meganck, Director for Asia, Central Asia and Pacific, European Commission General Directorate for Cooperation and Development lead a mission in Dushanbe from 23-26 January to review development co-operation between the EU and Tajikistan.

 2011

  • 2  - 15 November
    European Week 2011
  • 25 October
    Fourth annual EU – Tajikistan Human Rights dialogue
  • 28 July
    EU – Tajikistan Civil Society Dialogue. This year's focus was on the rights of labor migrants.
  • 7 April
    EU – Central Asia Ministerial Meeting in Tashkent. 
  • 16 March
    First meeting of the EU – Tajikistan Co-operation Committee, which took place in Dushanbe.
  • 2 February
    Third EU – Tajikistan Human Rights Dialogue

2010

  • 13 December
    First meeting of the EU – Tajikistan Co-operation Council, held in Brussels.
  • 18 - 24 October
    European week 2010
  • 18 January
    Arrival of first resident Head of Delegation, Eduard Auer.
    The Regionalised Delegation is upgraded into a fully-fledged Delegation.
  • 1 January
    The Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) between the EU and Tajikistan enters into force following ratification by all parties.

2009

  • 1 December
    With the Lisbon Treaty entering into force, the Delegation of the European Commission to the Republic of Tajikistan is transformed into the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Tajikistan.
  • 23 September
    Second meeting of the EU-Tajikistan Human Rights Dialogue held in Dushanbe.
  • 15 September
    EU-Central Asia Ministerial Conference held in Brussels.
  • 10-11 July
    First EU-Tajikistan Civil Society Seminar held in Dushanbe.
  • 28-29 May
    A session of the Troika EU-Central Asia at Ministers' of Foreign Affairs level held in Dushanbe.
  • 10 February
    Visit by the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, to Brussels. He met the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, the High-Representative Javier Solana, and the EIB.

2008

  • 25 November
    8th and last meeting of the EU-Tajikistan Joint Committee held in Dushanbe.
  • 31 October
    First meeting of the Human Rights Dialogue held in Dushanbe.
  • 17-18 September
    EU-Central Asia Ministerial Troika and the EU-Central Asia Security Forum held in Paris.
  • 9-10 April
    EU-Central Asia Ministerial Troika held in Ashgabat.
  • 8 April
    Visit by the European Commissioner for external relations, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, to Tajikistan. She meets President Emomali Rahmon and Foreign Minister Hamrokhon Zarifi.

2007

  • 20 December
    7th meeting of the EU-Tajikistan Joint Committee held in Brussels.
  • June 30         
    The EU Strategy paper is presented at the Troika EU-Central Asia Foreign Ministers' meeting in Berlin, on the last day of the German Presidency.
  • June 23         
    The first European Union Strategy Paper for developing cooperation with Central Asia is approved in Brussels during a session of the European Council, under the German presidency.
  • March 28       
    A session of the Troika EU-Central Asia at Ministers' of Foreign Affairs level held in Astana.
  • January
    Charlotte Adriaen takes up position of Chargé d'affaires a.i.

2006

  • 6 December
    6th meeting of the EU-Tajikistan Joint Committee held in Dushanbe
  • 13 February
    Adriaan van der Meer accredited as non-resident Head of Delegation.

2005

  • 24 November
    5th meeting of the EU-Tajikistan Joint Committee held in Brussels.
  • July 28          
    The EU Council establishes the position of Special Representative of the EU for Central Asia, and appoints Jan Kubis to the post. Presently, the position of EU Special Representative for Central Asia is held by Pierre Morel.
  • 1 May
    An Interim Agreement on Trade and Trade-related Matters between the EU and Tajikistan enters into force.

2004

  • 22 October
    4th meeting of the EU-Tajikistan Joint Committee held in Dushanbe.
  • 11 October
    The EU and Tajikistan, represented by President Emomali Rahmonov, sign a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) in Luxembourg. It replaces the Trade and Cooperation Agreement. An Interim Agreement on Trade and Trade-related Matters is also signed, pending ratification of the PCA.
  • 17 May
    The Delegation of the European Commission to Tajikistan is officially accredited as a diplomatic representation of the European Commission in May 2004.  It operates under the authority of the Head of Delegation based in Kazakhstan. It is referred to as a Regionalized Delegation, supervised by a Chargé d'affaires a.i, Barbara Plinkert. The offices of the Delegation were already established in Dushanbe in the course of 2003.
  • 17 March
    Visit of the European Commissioner for External Relations, Chris Patten, to Tajikistan.

2003

  • 3rd meeting of the EU-Tajikistan Joint Committee held in Brussels.

2002

  • 2nd meeting of the EU-Tajikistan Joint Committee held in Dushanbe.

2001

  • 1st meeting of the EU-Tajikistan Joint Committee held in Brussels.
  • Alan Waddams is accredited as non-resident Head of Delegation.

2000

  • The TACIS programme reopened as projects resumed in Tajikistan.

1997

  • 30 November
    One of the experts employed by the European Commission was killed in tragic circumstances, and all TACIS projects were shut down.  However, the other programmes – EIDHR and FSP – did continue their projects.
  • 27 June
    Peace agreement formally ends the civil war in Tajikistan.

1995

  • The situation was deemed safe enough for the TACIS office to be reopened.

1994

  • Tajikistan endorses by exchange of letter the Trade and Cooperation Agreement signed by the EU with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in 1989, as the legal framework for relations between the EU and Tajikistan.

1993

  • ECHO opened its regional office for Central Asia based in Dushanbe.

1992

  • Relations start in 1992 as the TACIS programme opened its office in Dushanbe. It closed again a few months later because of security risks related to the start of the civil war (1992-1997). This did not stop the European Commission from implementing some projects in Tajikistan though, mainly working through funding other international organisations and implementing partners that were still active in Tajikistan, such as UNDP, but also with other European Commission instruments such as the Food Security Programme (FSP) and ECHO.