The European Union has allocated EUR 134mn to Central Asian countries to address the urgent needs of the health system and socio-economic problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the European external relations service reported following the 16th meeting of the EU — Central Asia ministerial conference.
During the meeting, which took place on November 17 in the format of a video conference, the parties also discussed cooperation in the economic, transport, as well as energy and security issues.
The EU and Central Asian representatives reaffirmed the importance of progressing on the rule of law, democratic governance, gender equality and universal human rights, which is a key element for EU cooperation with its partners around the world.
The EU encouraged continued progress in the implementation of the Paris commitments on climate and in the region’s transition towards a green economy, including sustainable energy, aiming for carbon neutrality. The EU called on Central Asian countries to submit new enhanced Nationally-Determined Contributions (NDCs) by the end of 2020. The EU welcomed the active participation of Central Asian countries in the ongoing negotiations for the modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty.
The meeting participants welcomed Uzbekistan’s proposal to host the EU — Central Asia ministerial conference on connectivity and sustainable development next year.