Uzbek MPs and European Parliament delegation examine prospects of cooperation
Uzbekistan, Tashkent, April 27 /Trend, D. Azizov/
At the sidelines of the visit of a European Parliament's delegation to Tashkent, the Lawmaking House (the lower house of the Parliament of Uzbekistan) hosted a roundtable titled "Political and Economic Development in Uzbekistan and EU and Opportunities of Further Strengthening of Bilateral Partnership and Cooperation", Uzbek Foreign Ministry's Jahon news agency reported.
Attending the roundtable meeting were MPs of the Lawmaking House and members of the Senate of Uzbekistan, the ombudsman of the Parliament of Uzbekistan, Foreign Ministry's officials, and members of the delegation of the European Parliament's Foreign Relations Committee.
A number of issues of mutual interest concerning practical implementation of tasks set by President Karimov-offered Concept of further deepening of democratic reforms and formation of civil community in the country were examined at the meeting.
The sides also conducted free, mutually interesting exchange of opinions on the issues of implementation of the EU strategy for Central Asia, in the context of further development of regional cooperation and partnership in the format Uzbekistan-EU. Great attention was paid to the development of Uzbekistan-EU cooperation in the sphere of ecology, energy and rational water consumption in the region of Central Asia.
As noted in the conditions of a concerned, constructive dialogue, the cooperation between Uzbekistan and the European Union has lately acquired regular working nature.
Following the completion of the meeting, the sides shared unanimous opinion that there are all necessary prerequisites for increasing the efficiency of joint efforts to settle common tasks over the provision of sustainable development and long-term stability, and the strengthening of mutually beneficial regional trade & economic and investment cooperation.
Anna Gomes, head of the delegation and member of the European Parliament's Foreign Relations Committee, said the conducted discussions were productive from the point of specification of further ways of development of interrelations of the sides. In her opinion, issues examined within the frames of basic provisions of Uzbekistan's development concept contribute to a better understanding of each other's interests and to a close interaction in most different spheres of cooperation.
"We in the European Parliament actively watch the development in Uzbekistan. And today our delegation has arrived here to hold discussions with our Uzbek colleagues over next steps of development of our relations with Uzbekistan. At the meeting today, we received the opportunity to receive frank answers to questions we are interested in," she said.