25 years ago, on November 16, the European Union and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan started their diplomatic relations. These have grown and become more and more solid, year after year, up to the present day in which we define ourselves proud of the results achieved and of the projects in progress to be implemented. Soon after the establishment of the diplomatic relations, in 1996 the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement was signed and so the European – Uzbek joint work started. The relations broadened in political dialogue; trade; business and investment; intellectual, industrial and commercial property protection; economic cooperation; rule of law, democracy and human rights; cultural cooperation and education; border management with neighbouring countries.
In 2018, the Council adopted the mandate for the opening of negotiations between EU and Uzbekistan for the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA), which has significantly demonstrated the efforts of the Uzbek authorities in initiating a process of reforms in all sectors, from business climate, to the judicial system, to administrative accountability and efficiency.
The partnership between EU and Uzbekistan is reinforced after the adoption, in June 2019, of the new EU Strategy towards the Central Asian region.
European Union recognizes the important efforts undertaken by Uzbekistan, and it is willing to continue to promote a coherent approach to the country, thanks to the significant and longstanding commitment from both sides.