Uzbekistan, EU discuss cooperation expansion
Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Jan. 14 / Trend, D. Azizov /
Representatives of the Uzbek Foreign Ministry and head of an EU delegation, Ambassador Yuri Scherk today discussed promising areas of expanding cooperation, including practical issues of upcoming contacts at various levels, the Foreign Ministry said today.
Both sides have exchanged views on the agenda of Uzbek-EU relations and relevant international and regional issues. Mutual interest in implementing joint projects in a bilateral format and within the EU new partnership strategy in Central Asia was stressed during the meeting.
It was reported that at present, Uzbekistan and the EU have a solid institutional framework, which covers almost all areas of cooperation.
Cooperation has mainly focused on implementing principles and commitments by the country within the organization taking into account new challenges and threats to security, the international agenda and Uzbek national interest.
The cooperation in the trade-economic and investment spheres is significant in Uzbek-EU relations. Currently, the EU as a whole ranks second in the Uzbek foreign trade.
The Uzbek-EU mutual trade increased by almost 20% to $2.367 billion in 2011. Currently, some 841 enterprises with European capital operate in Uzbekistan and 266 representative offices of the leading companies in the EU countries have been accredited.