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The Cooperation Council reaffirmed the commitment to strengthen bilateral and regional cooperation. There was a review of achievements from 2015, notably in development cooperation. EU has granted the Kyrgyz Republic EUR 34.6 million to that regard.
The EU encouraged the Kyrgyz Republic to continue the electoral reform. EU will provide support for electoral reform through a dedicated EU programme worth EUR 13.3 million. The EU is committed to support the Kyrgyz Republic in the fields of rule of law, fight against corruption and judicial reform. The EU emphasised the important role of civil society in the democratic transition of the Kyrgyz Republic and called on the Kyrgyz Republic to pursue an open-minded policy based on respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
The Cooperation Council addressed economic developments in the Kyrgyz Republic and in the region. The EU particularly welcomed the Kyrgyz Republic's application for Generalised Schemed of Preferences. This will allow Kyrgyz exporters to supply a wide range of products to the EU at zero tariff rates, being an incentive to growth and diversification of the Kyrgyz economy.
The Cooperation Council also addressed regional developments in the energy sector as well as security-related challenges, including border management and radicalisation. The EU welcomed the Kyrgyz decision to host an EU-sponsored meeting of the Central Asia Border Security Initiative.
For more information, see the press release.
EU-Kyrgyz Republic relations - Factsheet