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European Union allocates €174 million to Kyrgyzstan

The fourth round of negotiations on the expanded Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and Kyrgyzstan took place today in Bishkek.

Luc Devigne, Director for Russia, Eastern Partnership, Central Asia and OSCE of the European External Action Service told journalists about the results of the talks.

According to him, Kyrgyzstan becomes increasingly important in the European Union. «The Committee for Cooperation allows to consider all areas of interaction. The European Union assists Kyrgyzstan in carrying out reforms. The rule of law is a priority. Most of the aid is aimed at the education, social protection, the electoral system. The European Union rendered assistance for €174 million,» Luc Devigne told.

He added that investment, freedom, security, climate change would be new areas of cooperation. «Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia become an important region for the European Union. We monitor the changes and are ready for further regional cooperation,» said Luc Devigne.

The Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister of Kyrgyzstan Nurlan Abdrakhmanov added that the republic attached special importance to the fulfillment of obligations to protect human rights. Kyrgyzstan creates conditions for the protection of human rights and freedoms through the reforms in the judicial and law enforcement systems.