EU announces future commitments for development with Central Asia Region
Around €1 billion will be made available to support the development efforts of Central Asian countries between 2014-2020, has today announced EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs.
This amount includes the bilateral allocations for Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan and regional allocations and multi-country funds, to support the region’s efforts on sustainable management of natural resources, socio-economic development, including education, and regional security. Kazakhstan remains eligible to benefit from regional and thematic programmes, but not for bilateral funds. The announcement has been made at the occasion of a Ministerial meeting between the EU and Central Asian countries, which takes place in Brussels today. The Commissioner has also presented the priority areas of development cooperation with Central Asia, both at regional and bilateral level. Commissioner Piebalgs said: “Governance and inclusive and sustainable growth for human development will be the two key pillars for the next seven years of development cooperation with Central Asia, with a particular focus on the poorest and the most fragile countries."
For more information: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-1119_en.htm