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EU delegation held talks in Uzbekistan

The new EU Cooperation Strategy with Central Asia will reflect the leading role of Uzbekistan in regional integration processes, increasing support for large-scale transformations in Uzbekistan.

Deputy Prime Minister Sukhrob Holmuradov received a delegation of the European Union led by EU Special Representative for Central Asia, Ambassador Peter Burian.

“The EU welcomes the regional policy of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev,” - the special representative noted during the meeting. “And I am ready to support regional initiatives of Uzbekistan, using the whole range of assistance - technical assistance, grants and other tools.

Peter Burian noted an increasing interest for Uzbekistan in EU due to reforms in Uzbekistan, demonstrating to the whole world that positive changes are possible even in an unprecedentedly short time. The set development trajectory is intended to turn Uzbekistan into an economic leader in Central Asia, the press service of the State Investment Agency reports.

Philip van Amersfoort, Deputy Head of the Central Asia Division at European External Relations Service, said that the EU is developing a new cooperation strategy with Central Asia, which supposed to be released before the end of the first half of 2019. The strategy will reflect the leading role of Uzbekistan in regional integration processes, increasing support for large-scale reforms in Uzbekistan, expanding support for transport, trade and transit corridors connecting the EU, Uzbekistan and the rest of the Asian continent.

The delegation highlighted the importance of the Uzbekistan initiatives on peaceful development of Afghanistan, stressing that the new EU regional strategy provides support to Uzbekistan’s efforts in this regard.

During the meeting, issues of expanding access to the EU markets for Uzbek goods were also discussed by granting Uzbekistan GSP + status, which envisages the possibility of exporting more than 6,000 items of goods to the EU market. The EU delegation also said that the EU fully supports the plan of Uzbekistan to join the World Trade Organization and is ready to provide full support.

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