Rahmon says Tajikistan attaches significance to cooperation with the European Union

05/11/2015 17:09
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DUSHANBE, November 5, 2015 Asia-Plus – On Thursday November 5, President Rahmon met here with the Central Asia delegation of the European Parliament (EP) that arrived in Dushanbe for participation in the 4th Session of the EU–Tajikistan Parliamentary Cooperation Committee.

The delegation reportedly includes eight members of the European Parliament, representing all major political groups in the European Parliament.

According to the Tajik president’s official website, Rahmon noted that Tajikistan attached significance to its cooperation with the European Union and considered further expansion of cooperation with the European Union one of priorities of its foreign policy.   

Tajik president reportedly expressed satisfaction with the level of cooperation between Tajikistan and the European Union and pointed to the necessity of expanding economic and security cooperation.

In this connection, a special attention was paid to expansion of cooperation on enhancement of Tajikistan’s fundamental economic sectors such as energy, industry, mining and agriculture.  

Rahmon noted that support for implementation of energy projects in Tajikistan promoted tackling social and security problems not only in Tajikistan but also in the region as a whole, including Afghanistan.

For her part, Ms. Iveta Grigule, the head of the EP delegation, noted, “We consider Tajikistan our good, reliable and constructive partner in Central Asia.”

The two sides also exchanged views on the process of democratization of Tajik society, strengthening of Tajik-Afghan border, the latest developments in Middle East and some other regional and international issues being of mutual interest.

Meanwhile, the 4th Session of the EU – Tajikistan Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, which will be co-chaired by Ms Iveta Grigule (EP), and Mr. Sharif Rahimzoda (Majlisi Namoyandagon), is expected to result in the adoption of a joint Declaration.

The European Union is the world’s biggest aid donor.  Tajikistan got the main share of bilateral assistance in the Central Asian region (€66 million for 2007-2010 and 62 million for 2011-2013) in support to sector programs, technical assistance and grants.  It focuses on social protection, health and private sector development, underpinned by public finance management.

Tajikistan also receives regional and thematic assistance in areas like border management and drug control (BOMCA/CADAP), education (TEMPUS, Erasmus Mundus), water / environment, migration, human rights and democracy (EIDHR), non-State actors (NSA) and SME development (CA-Invest).  The EU is active in Tajikistan since 1992 and provides approximately EUR 25 million annually in development assistance.


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