Conference on "EU and Central Asia Cooperation: Reality Checks, Lessons Learned and Ways Ahead" in Brussels

02.02.2015 15:33

On January 30, 2015 a conference on " EU and Central Asia Cooperation: Reality Checks, Lessons Learned and Ways Ahead" was held in Brussels in the framework of priorities of the presidency of the Republic of Latvia in the Council of the European Union, with support of the "Institute for European Politics" and "EU Institute for Security Studies".

The permanent representatives of the Central Asian countries to the European Union, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia Andrejs Pildegovics, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, Head of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia Miroslav Jenca, former Special Representative of the European Union to Central Asia Pierre Morel, Director of the Europe and Central Asia Department of the European External Action Service of the European Union (EU EEAS) Fernandez De La Pena, other representatives of the EEAS, several ambassadors of the EU countries in Central Asian states, representatives of diplomatic missions accredited to Brussels, scientists, experts from research institutes, NGO representatives and other distinguished guests.

The speakers spoke in detail on the implementation of the EU Strategy in Central Asia at a bilateral as well as at regional level. There were suggested specific areas and ways for deepening cooperation between the European Union and the countries of the region in various areas. The participants discussed in detail the maintenance and further strengthening of regional security.

Permanent Representative of the Republic of Tajikistan to the European Union, Ambassador Rustam Soliev during his speech presented information on the current level of relations between the Republic of Tajikistan and the European Union and expressed hope that the EU Strategy for Central Asia in new edition will take into account the current situation in the region and in the world, including the situation in Afghanistan, and it will contribute to sustainable economic development and addressing of regional problems.