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"It is our first collective visit after the successful ASEM summit and the June elections. The EU and Mongolia share many common values. Respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law are at the heart of our relationship. This visit should contribute to enhancing our cooperation based on these shared values," Ambassador Schweisgut said.
The official visit, from 14 to 16 November, will allow the group to have meetings with the Mongolian leadership, including President Ts.Elbegdorj, Speaker of Parliament M.Enkhbold, Prime Minister J.Erdenebat, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ts.Munkh-Orgil as well as other ministers.
The objective of these meetings is to take stock of relations between the EU and Mongolia, to discuss how to strengthen, promote and extend the scope of cooperation between the parties, consolidated following the signature of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement in 2013. This comprehensive agreement is an expression of the EU's clear commitment to Mongolia and its citizens, and will provide the EU and its Member States on the one hand and Mongolia on the other with a framework for expanding their bilateral relations.
Mongolia is a beneficiary of the EU's special incentive arrangement for sustainable development and good governance known as GSP+. In exchange for the maintaining ratification and effectively implementing 27 international conventions in the field of human and labour rights, sustainable development and good governance Mongolia receives complete suspension for 66% of EU tariff lines, thereby effectively getting free access to the EU market, contributing to the growth of its economy.
The European Union and Mongolia launched bilateral relations in 1989. The Partnership and Cooperation Agreement was signed in 2013.
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