The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Republic of Uzbekistan signed today in Washington a framework agreement establishing the legal basis for the EIB’s activities in Uzbekistan, including the provision of finance and technical assistance.
The EU bank can now support public and private sector projects in the areas of infrastructure, energy and energy efficiency and assist SMEs in the country. The Republic of Uzbekistan is the fourth state in Central Asia to establish a partnership with the EIB. Similar agreements have been signed with Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, which have already resulted in more than EUR 700 million of financing.
More than two years ago, the entire international community welcomed the result of 12 years of intense negotiations on the Iranian nuclear programme: the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). It is not a bilateral agreement, it doesn’t belong to any single country and it is not up to any single country to terminate it. It is a multilateral agreement which was unanimously endorsed by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231. It is a robust deal that provides guarantees and strong monitoring mechanism that Iran's nuclear programme is and will remain exclusively for civilian purposes only.
The death penalty is incompatible with human dignity. It constitutes inhuman and degrading treatment, does not have any proven deterrent effect and allows judicial errors to become irreversible and fatal.
Opening the Our Oceans Conference in Malta today, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini announced EUR 560 million of EU funds for 36 concrete actions to protect and ensure the security of the world's oceans. In our globalised world, she said, 90 per cent of world trade is seaborne and millions of jobs and livelihoods depend on the oceans, which are a common good and must be managed through international cooperation. Our oceans are in danger. By 2050 they could contain more plastic than fish. At the same time, the ocean is becoming a security threat, with rising sea levels forcing millions of people to migrate, and warmer oceans leading to more devastating hurricanes. There is an urgent and inescapable need for international cooperation on maritime issues, which the Our Oceans Conference will address, and for concrete actions such as those announced today by the EU High Representative.