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Uzbekistan and EU discuss cooperation

18 March 2013

en.trend.az of 3/18/2013 - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan and the EU Special Representative for Central Asia Patricia Flor discussed the state and prospects for the development of cooperation in the political, trade, economic, investment, cultural and humanitarian fields, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan on Monday said.

As reported, Patricia Flor heads the EU delegation, which arrived in Tashkent yesterday.

During a meeting at the Foreign Ministry, the sides discussed the implementation of the EU strategy in Central Asia, joint programs and projects.

As noted, at present, Uzbekistan and the EU have established a solid institutional framework in the form of joint bilateral and multilateral cooperation agencies.

Uzbekistan's relations with the European states develop at the bilateral level and within the framework of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the Republic and European Communities and their Member States, which entered into force on July 1, 1999.

The dialogue between Uzbekistan and the European Union is conducted within the five joint bodies: the Cooperation Council, the Cooperation Committee, the Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, the Subcommittee on Trade and Investment, the Subcommittee on Justice, Home Affairs and other related issues.

Total trade of Uzbekistan and the countries - members of the European Union in 2012 exceeded $ 2.3 billion. There are 875 enterprises established in the republic in various sectors of the economy with European capital.

Uzbekistan and the EU hold regular dialogue between government agencies and civil society institutions within the reform of the judicial system and liberalization of the criminal law.

The sides exchanged views on certain international and regional issues.

The meeting was attended by the Head of the EU delegation in Uzbekistan Ambassador Yuri Sterk.