In the four years that I have had the privilege to spend in Uzbekistan as the ambassador of the European Union, I have been a witness to a transformation of the country and its society that has been nothing short of impressive. While a lot remains to be done, plans to be concretised and fruits of the reforms reaped, I believe that the country can look confidently to a brighter future. Unfortunately, this year has brought also a new challenge to Uzbekistan and the whole world in the form of the Covid-19 pandemic. The efforts to counter its effects on the lives of people have cost dearly to the country and diverted resources that could have been used to build a better future. When Uzbekistan starts to rise again from the crisis, its key objectives will be more important than ever: Continue the reforms towards good governance and sustainable growth that benefits all.
We are celebrating the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, raising awareness for an issue many times invisible, but still present in our societies. The EU has been working on the prevention and fight against human trafficking through its actions on the ground and through the collaboration at local and international levels.
Tashkent, 28 July 2020 – Today the European Union and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) jointly with the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan (MHSSE) and the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) of the Republic of Uzbekistan launched a new programme “Skills Development in Rural Areas of Uzbekistan” funded by the European Union.
Tashkent, 23 July 2020 – Today, the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan, announce the launch of the 2020 application process for education grants for Afghan women to study in Uzbekistan.
As the world’s largest regional security organisation, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is a cornerstone of the multilateral rules-based order and the European security architecture. The effective functioning of the OSCE is central to ensuring that our European continent develops into a pillar for peace, prosperity and justice for the rest of the world.
On July 15, 2020, Joint Project of the Public Services Agency under the Ministry of Justice and the United Nations Development Program in Uzbekistan “Improved public service delivery and enhanced governance in rural Uzbekistan”, funded by the European Union and the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan organized online presentation on the topic: “Evaluation of the effectiveness of local executive authorities in Uzbekistan using KPI”.
A faster and solid recovery relies on the empowerment of the youth. As the entire world suffers from the Covid-19 pandemic, developing regions are more exposed to its consequences. On the World Youth Skills Day, the EU acknowledges the importance of upskilling the youth to build a more prosperous future for all.
On the 10th of July, AFD and the EU have approved the financing in the amount of 1.5 million Euro to support immediate short term measures of the “Covid-19 Action Plan” established by the Maroqand Obod Company, which is Samarkand city leading enterprise in the waste management sector.
Tashkent, 10 July 2020 - The Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan (MoHSSE), the Delegation of the European Union in Uzbekistan and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) launched today a cross-border initiative aimed at supporting the economic empowerment of Afghan women through education grants to study in Uzbekistan.
“Demography is destiny” said the sociologist Auguste Comte: the basic idea is that population trends and distributions determine the future of a country or region. Recently, my colleague Dubravka Suica, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for demography and democracy, provided us with an analysis of the foreseeable consequences of the demographic changes underway in Europe and globally. This work deserves our full attention, because this subject is both central to the Union's internal affairs and for its place in the world.