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Parliamentary questions
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8 May 2020
E-002868/2020
Question for written answer
to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Rule 138
Thierry Mariani (ID)
 Subject: Towards an enhanced partnership and cooperation agreement between the European Union and Uzbekistan

On 11 November 2019, at the close of its 15th meeting, the EU-Uzbekistan Cooperation Council ‘took note of the good progress in negotiations for a new Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Uzbekistan, launched in November 2018. This new Agreement will further deepen bilateral relations and support the ongoing ambitious reform programme in Uzbekistan. Three formal negotiating rounds have taken place to date, with a fourth round to be held in December 2019.’ (1)

The Council thus paid tribute to the reforms that Tashkent has undertaken to modernise while respecting its great history. A country still bearing the effects of the end of the Soviet Union, Uzbekistan must also strengthen its economy.

Uzbekistan's ambition is to obtain GSP+ status. This special regime is a mark of confidence the European Union grants to privileged trading partners, which does away with customs duties on 66% of tariff lines. (2)

In order to be eligible these benefits, countries must meet vulnerability and sustainable development criteria, which Uzbekistan has made great strides towards fulfilling.

Will we sign a new association agreement before the end of 2020 and give serious consideration to granting Uzbekistan GSP+ status, thus forging strong links with this this pillar of Central Asia?

(1)https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/international-ministerial-meetings/2019/11/11/uzbekistan/
(2)https://trade.ec.europa.eu/tradehelp/gsp
Original language of question: FR
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