On April 15, 2021, the International Conference “Global Cooperation of Independent, Neutral Turkmenistan for the sake of Peace and Trust” was held in the capital of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat chaired by the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
The high-level event took place in the new Conference Centre of Turkmenistan that was officially opened in the same day by the President of Turkmenistan.
The event was attended by the leadership of Parliament (Mejlis), Deputies Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, heads of the ministries and departments of the country, chiefs of the diplomatic missions and representative offices of international organizations in Turkmenistan, rectors of the institutions of higher education of Turkmenistan, heads and representatives of local mass media, as well as the foreign journalists accredited in Turkmenistan.
In his turn, the EU Ambassador highlighted that “EU was born out of peace and trust” and referred to last year commemoration of the 70 anniversary of the Schumann Declaration, considered “the starting point for this ongoing unique experiment where independent countries voluntarily renounced to a big part of its sovereignty in order to seek for the common good of all its citizens”.
Later he explained that “after centuries of war, WWII marked a turning point in Europe's history. Some political figures had a vision; a united Europe in peace and harmony. Then, came some hard working diplomats trying to put that idea into reality by sharing main sectors of Europe's economy among initial members. First were coal and steel, only an economic integration project and a handful of countries. However, with time, people inside the common space were demanding for more and people from neighbouring countries were asking to join in, attracted by the visible benefits of the projected integration. The Union grew in size accepting more countries and evolved in nature expanding its competences to almost all spheres of life. Now we are 27MS and when talking of agriculture or fisheries, human or social rights, but also when discussing about trade, industry, environment, health or education, borders, currency or law and justice inside the EU, decisions are taken in Brussels, for the EU has the upper hand, the final say. This a huge step forward”.
Explaining the international dimension of the EU, the Ambassador maintained that “after many years of looking inside its borders to give an effective and fair form to the project, creating rules and institutions, the EU, ten years ago, felt the necessity to promote its values and principles and to share with the rest of the world the lessons learns during this full integration experiment in the making and established a foreign service, the EEAS”.
The Ambassador admitted that “there are still before the EU lots of challenges and questions to be addressed and solved inside the Union and room for improvement, but MS do believe that international cooperation and integration is the only way forward to try to find an appropriate response to pressing global challenges”. He stated: “We see our climate changing, pandemics spreading, people rights not evenly respected in the world, waste accumulating in our soils, rivers, seas and oceans and even the air we breathe polluted because of the way we live, produce and consume. No one single country can confront these threats alone”.
At the end the Ambassador insisted that “the EU is trying now to promote elsewhere same ideas that it is implementing inside its territory to respond to mentioned threats; a green deal for a sustainable and circular economy, an energy transition and a more solid social protection network in a more resilient society. Now it is the right time to rethink and to build back better and together. However, in order to do so we need peace and trust among nations. That is the reason why the EU is ready to be a partner in this so much needed global transformation and that is why the EU will always support any international initiative that favours peace and avoids conflict, that put forward dialogue and cooperation to replace distrust and misunderstanding”. As a final reflexion he pointed out that “some might think that this way of thinking is too naïve, that we got it all wrong or that we are not doing things well enough. On the other hand, some others do believe that anyway it is worth trying to the end. Who knows may be one day, as with Schumann, at schools and universities of the world students will learn about “Berdymuhamedow initiative” as a turning point in our global history; a long way to go but we should always hope for the best”.