European Parliament delegation for relations with Central Asia visits Tajikistan

04/11/2015 14:50
Asia-Plus
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DUSHANBE, November 4, 2015, Asia-Plus – The European Parliament delegation for relations with Central Asia, led by Ms. Iveta Grigule, is arriving in Dushanbe today on a three-day visit, an official source in Tajik government told Asia-Plus on November 4.

According to him, the delegation is expected to hold talks with representatives of both houses of Tajikistan’s parliament, senior representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon to discuss issues related to state and prospects of further expansion of cooperation between the European Union and Tajikistan.   

Ms. Iveta Grigule (born September 30, 1964) is a Latvian politician for the Latvian Farmers' Union. She was elected to the European Parliament in 2014 as the sole representative for the Union of Greens and Farmers.

The delegation evolved from the previous delegation for relations with member nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), which established a working group for Central Asia in 1993. In 1994, a delegation for relations with Central Asia and Mongolia was constituted.  Parliamentary Cooperation Committees (PCCs) have taken place on a regular basis with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan since 2000 and with Tajikistan since 2010.  The PCCs are a key element of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreements (PCAs) which came into force on July 1, 1999 and with Tajikistan on January 1, 2010 and provide the framework for the relationship between the EU and the four countries.

The European Parliament (EP) is the directly elected parliamentary institution of the European Union (EU). Together with the Council of the European Union (the Council) and the European Commission, it exercises the legislative function of the EU.

The Parliament is composed of 751 (previously 766) members, who represent the second largest democratic electorate in the world (after the Parliament of India) and the largest trans-national democratic electorate in the world (375 million eligible voters in 2009).

It has been directly elected every five years by universal suffrage since 1979.   

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