Strengthening of constructive cooperation with the EU, diplomatic relations with which have been established in February 1993, is one of the main directions of foreign course of our country, Vice-premier, Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov has noted informing the Head of the State on measures for development of cooperation between Turkmenistan and European Union.
The first official visit of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to Brussels, where the headquarter of the European Union is located, in November 2007 has given strong impulse to development of bilateral partnership supporting its entry to new level.
Chairman of the European Commission, delegations and high-rank representatives of the EU have visited our country in the following period. Turkmenistan’s delegations have also been sent to Brussels repeatedly.
Number of events including regular session of Turkmenistan – European Union Joint Committee have been held in 2020 in the context of continuation of efficient cooperation with the EU.
Proposals have been prepared in such priority vectors of cooperation as energy, sustainable transport, trade and economy for expansion of fruitful relations with the EU and implementation of reached agreements.
At the same time, special attention is paid to cooperation in humanitarian sphere including the development of new projects in educational spheres as well as in health protection where Turkmenistan’s action plan proposed for implementation has been developed based on the EU and WHO regional project for combating dangerous infectious diseases.
It is planned to organize relative bilateral meetings in all above-mentioned directions. At present time, the opportunities of regular talks on security between the EU and Central Asian states on the level of deputy foreign ministers in October this year and the meeting under Turkmenistan – European Union Inter-parliamentarian dialog in November.
In this regard, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that our country aims to continue developing and expanding beneficial cooperation with European Union, which is dynamically developed both in bilateral and multilateral formats.
The relations with European Union has significant potential covering wide range of directions, throughout many years, Turkmenistan and European Union works efficiently under national and regional projects.
Speaking of this, the Head of the State has noted that European Union is one of the main partners of our country in trade and investment sphere. Today, new perspectives are opened for expansion of productive cooperation in relation with major reform programs expanded in Turkmenistan, which are aimed at diversification, industrialization and digitization of national economy and improvement of social sphere.
There are good opportunities for intensification of traditional humanitarian and cultural contacts, particularly in education and science, active introduction of advance technologies.
Speaking of this, Head of the State Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has ordered the Vice-premier, the Foreign Minister to elaborate the proposals for cooperation with the European Union based on integrated approach to solution of all relative, including organizational issues.
Source: Turkmenistan State News Agency-TDH