The EU-Uzbekistan Partnership and Cooperation Agreement is implemented and monitored by several fora for dialogue and decision-making:
- The Cooperation Council of ministerial level meets once a year in Brussels and supervises implementation.
- The Cooperation Committee of senior officials meets once a year either in Brussels or Tashkent and assists the Council.
- Three Cooperation Subcommittees of experts provide technical assistance, meeting once a year in Brussels or Tashkent. These are the subcommittees for Justice and Home Affairs, Human Rights and related issues (JHA Subcommittee); Subcommittee for Trade, Investment, Energy and Transport (TIET Subcommittee) and Subcommittee on Development Cooperation launched in spring 2018.
- The Parliamentary Cooperation Committee of members of the Uzbek Parliament and the European Parliament maintain political relations by meeting once a year in Brussels.
EU-Uzbek relations exist in the wider context of the European partnership with Central Asian countries . This includes regular political and human rights dialogues, as well as cooperation on numerous issues such as education, the rule of law and sustainable development.
Since 2007, the EU and Uzbekistan have held annual Dialogues on Human Rights as well as Justice & Home Affairs in Brussels and Tashkent. EU relations with Uzbekistan are embedded in the regularly reviewed EU and Central Asia Strategy for a New Partnership, which outlines the overall cooperation objectives, policy responses and priority fields for the EU's engagement in Central Asia.
The new leadership of Uzbekistan under President Mirziyoyev has launched significant reforms of the judiciary, administration and security services and is making strides to improve the business climate. The EU encourages these and other reforms and in particular their effective implementation. Several human rights defenders have recently been released from prison and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights visited the country for the first time in May 2017.
The UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief and the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media also paid visits to the country in October 2017. The EU has engaged with the new leadership through repeated visits of the European Parliament, the EU Special Representative for Central Asia, European Financial Institutions and EEAS/Commission officials. This process is complemented by concrete measures to support the Uzbek reforms, e.g. cooperation to implement the EU-Uzbekistan Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of energy has been renewed in February 2017.