The 11th EU-Mongolia Inter Parliamentary Meeting 

a gift for the European Parliament from the State Great Khural of Mongolia  
Vice President Czarnecki  
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  
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  

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.