The 13th EU-Kyrgyzstan Parliamentary Cooperation Committee 
 

This will take place on Thursday 3 May, 2018 14.30-17.30 in Brussels in Room ASP 3G-2. The delegation is delighted to welcome members from the Jogurku Kengesh of the Kyrgyz Republic to discuss the political situation in Kyrgyzstan and the European Union and overall bilateral relations between the European Parliament and Jogorku Kenesh KR since the 12th PCC. Developments in the regional policy of Central Asia and role of Kyrgyzstan and the European Union, with focus on updating the EU Strategy for Central Asia, recent developments in the Central Asia region and impact on Kyrgyzstan, security, fight against terrorism, extremism and drug trafficking, environmental policy and water resources management, Status of EU/Kyrgyzstan trade and economic relations and Human Rights, Rule of Law and social policies in Kyrgyzstan. The delegation from Kyrgyzstan will also visit the House of European History, the plenary, official gallery and the library of European Parliament. This meeting will be chaired by the Mrs Iveta GRIGULE-PĒTERSE, Chair of the European Parliament delegation to Central Asia.

The 15th EU-Kazakhstan Parliamentary Cooperation Committee 
 

This will take place in Astana, Kazakhstan on 10 & 11 May 2018. Eight Members of the European Parliament, led by the Chair, Mrs Grigule-Pēterse will meet with their counterparts of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan, members of the Civil society and NGOs, EU delegation to Astana and the cabinet ministers of foreign affairs, finance, transport and culture to discuss the regional co-operation, economic and trade partnership agreements, silk road project, environmental policies and cultural views. This visit to Astana also aims to visit universities, museums and the local transportation system in Astana.

The next meeting of the delgation will take place in Strasbourg 
 

in SDM S1 from 16.30-17.30. Following an initial point in camera, the delegation will have an exchange of views with H.E. Mr Asein ISAEV, Ambassador of the mission of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan. (by visio conference) followed by an exchange of views with H.E Mr Almaz Khamzayev, Ambassador of the mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The 11th EU-Mongolia Inter Parliamentary Meeting 
 

a gift for the European Parliament from the State Great Khural of Mongolia  
Vice President Czarnecki © European Union 2017 
The 11th EU- Mongolia IPM took place in Brussels on Thursday 7 December with members from the State Great Khural . On behalf of President Tajani, Vice President Czarnecki accepted a piece of Art for the European Parliament before the opening of the meeting.

Ambassadors dinner held on Tuesday 5 December 
 

The Ambassadors from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan ,Turkmenistan and Mongolia joined the EP Bureau for DCAS for dinner  
Ambassadors dinner © awood European Union 2017 
The Chair and Vice Chair of the delegation for relations with Central Asia hosted a dinner to which all Ambassadors came including EUSR Ambassador Burian, the EEAS Head of Division and the DG DEVCO Head of Unit for the region. Four points were covered: the clear improvement in the overall relations between the EU and the Central Asia countries, whom increasingly appreciate the political and financial commitment from Brussels; the success of the Samarkand Conference and the unprecedented climate of positive energy and new commitments in terms of regional cooperation; the unique role of the EU in launching a nuclear remediation programme in the region; and the growing inter-parliamentary ties between the EP and the countries.

13th EU-Uzbekistan Parliamentary Cooperation Committee 
 

Members from the EP and  the Oliy Majlis (Parliament) of Uzbekistan  
Group photo © European Union 2017 

A six member delegation from the Oliy Majlis (Parliament) of Uzbekistan, chaired by Mr KURMANOV ALISHER ANVAROVICH attended the 13th EU-Uzbekistan Parliamentary Cooperation Committee (PCC) on the 30th of November 2017.

The Members were able to attend the mini plenary session where MEPs debated and voted on the implementation of the European Disability Strategy. They also visited the House of European History where they were offered a fresh perspective on the history of Europe and the process of European integration.

The political situation in Uzbekistan and the European Union, and the overall bilateral relations between the European Parliament since the 11th PCC were discussed in the meeting. There was an exchange of views on the development in the regional policy of Central Asia and the role of Uzbekistan and the European Union, with a particular focus on security and the fight against terrorism, extremism and drug trafficking, engagement by Uzbekistan and the European Union in Afghanistan, and environmental policy and water resources management.

The economic situation in the country was also covered with emphasis on the progress in the economic and social reforms and their implementation, the upgrading of the EU/Uzbekistan trade and economic relations and possible measures to facilitate access of Uzbek goods to the European markets. The exchange of experience in the field of agriculture and rural development, Human Rights, Rule of Law and social policies in Uzbekistan, were also debated upon with a focus on the strengthening of the role of the Parliament, the empowerment of civil society and fundamental freedoms, the labour conditions in the cotton fields, and the rights of people with disabilities. Further cooperation in the field of education and healthcare were also discussed.

The Members of both Parliaments recognised the need to continue dialogue and cooperation, and to further strengthen the relations between them.

 
 

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