EU - Central Asia Expert Coordination Meeting held at the new premises of the Energy Charter Secretariat

On 21 April 2017, Energy Charter Secretariat organised an Expert Coordination meeting on the EU strategy for Central Asia, with representatives of the European Union and Central Asia. The meeting was attended by the European External Action Service, DG Development and Cooperation, DG Energy, and representatives of five Central Asian Embassies to Brussels. The aim of the meeting was to contribute to the consultation process initiated by the European Union to reconsider its cooperation priorities with the region of Central Asia.

The Meeting was the first to take place at the Secretariat’s new headquarters in Brussels, and welcomed Embassy representatives of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The Central Asian representatives reconfirmed the interest of enhancing energy cooperation with the European Union. Participants agreed that the meeting came at the right moment during the mid-term review of the EU Strategy for Central Asia in order to start the discussion on addressing specific needs of the countries.