17 ноября 2020 года министры иностранных дел Казахстана, Таджикистана, Туркменистана и Узбекистана, первый заместитель министра иностранных дел Кыргызской Республики, а также Верховный Представитель ЕС по иностранным делам и политике безопасности/Заместитель Председателя Европейской Комиссии и Комиссар ЕС по международному партнерству провели 16-ое заседание министерской конференции «ЕС-Центральная Азия». В порядке исключения заседание прошло посредством видео-конференц связи, что было обусловлено ограничениями, введенными в свете пандемии Covid-19.
The Foreign Ministers of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, the First Deputy Foreign Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, as well as the European Union’s (EU) High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission and European Commissioner for International Partnerships held the 16th EU-Central Asia ministerial meeting on 17 November 2020. The meeting exceptionally took place through video-conference, given the restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Взаимодействие Европейского Союза с Центральной Азией, основанное на географическом положении и традициях региона, объединяющего Европу и Азию, значительно расширилось с начала 1990-х годов. Оба региона разделяют активную общую заинтересованность в процветании, налаживании связей, развитии энергетики и укреплении безопасности.
The European Union’s engagement with the region has significantly expanded since the early 1990s, building upon Central Asia’s geographical location and tradition of bringing Europe and Asia together. Both regions share strong common interests in prosperity, connectivity, energy and security.
The European Union’s engagement with Tajikistan has developed significantly the country’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. The current basis for our relations is the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA), in force since its ratification in 2010. The EU is also preparing to engage in Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA) negotiations with Tajikistan.
Bilateral relations between the European Union and Turkmenistan are governed by an Interim Agreement on trade and trade-related matters, which entered into force in August 2010, pending ratification of a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) by the European Parliament. The EU Strategy on Central Asia of June 2019 together with the related Council conclusions of June 2019 provide the EU’s overall regional framework for engagement.
The Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and Kazakhstan entered into force on 1 March 2020. This new agreement, which constitutes the first of its kind signed by the EU with one of its Central Asian partners, provides a comprehensive framework within which bilateral relations are conducted and has elevated relations between the EU and Kazakhstan to a new level.
The European Union and the Kyrgyz Republic have been partners since the country’s independence in 1991, increasing their cooperation and areas of interaction yearon-year. The Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, in force since 1999, outlines three main pillars of cooperation: political dialogue, economic relations and cooperation in a variety of sectors, such as socio-economic, social, finance, science, technology and culture.
Relations between the European Union and the Republic of Uzbekistan were established following its independence in 1991, and have been intensifying particularly since 2016. The 2019 EU Strategy on Central Asia provides the overall regional framework for this engagement, building on the previous Strategy from 2007.
On 23 and 24 November 2020, the United Nations, Afghanistan and Finland will host the 2020 Ministerial Afghanistan Conference. This will an opportunity for the international community donors to reaffirm their continuous support and determination to promote a peaceful, democratic, sovereign and prosperous Afghanistan, deserved and long awaited by its people.