Document on the establishment of the Delegation of the European Union in Turkmenistan was signed in Ashgabat
On the 6th of July 2019, a meeting was held in Ashgabat between the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the Commission Ms. Federica Mogherini and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov.
During the meeting, the parties discussed the intensification of the multilateral cooperation between the European Union and Turkmenistan. The achievements gained in the bilateral political dialogue, economic and regional integration, as well as the effective promotion of cultural and humanitarian ties had been noted.
The parties discussed the key vectors of new EU Strategy for Central Asia where the vital role of regional cooperation, social and economic development, energy security, creation of pleasant investment climate and joint resolution of ecological problems is stated. The parties also discussed important projects in the field of developing transport systems and regional energy infrastructure, including the construction of the gas pipeline Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India and stressed their commitment to the implementation of joint strategic goals.
After the talks, the parties signed the Agreement between the Government of Turkmenistan and the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community on the Establishment and the Privileges and Immunities of the Delegation of the European Union in Turkmenistan that became a meaningful event in the process of developing multilateral between Turkmenistan and the European Union.
Then, the heads of the external policy agencies of EU and Turkmenistan spoke at the briefing on the outcomes of the meeting, which was attended by the heads of the diplomatic missions and international organizations in Turkmenistan and local mass media.
First half of the day, Ms. Federica Mogherini was also received by the Chairwoman of the Parliament (Mejlis) of Turkmenistan.
European Union and six Eastern partner countries set targets and action plans to further protect the environment and grasp opportunities of greener development
On 27-28 June, the European Union, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine meet to define priorities, targets, and specific actions to work together and further protect the environment and actively use opportuinities for greener development. Under the EU-funded “European Union for Environment” (EU4Environment) programme, high-level representatives from Eastern Partner countries, European Union Member States, European Union institutions, international partners (OECD, UNECE, UN Environment, UNIDO, and the World Bank), took part in an inaugural event in Brussels.
The event provided the opportunity for all partners to agree on country-specific work plans to improve and implement policies that can spur an environmentally friendly economic growth, and enhance societies’ resilience and citizens’ well-being.
“Our cooperation on environment with the Eastern Partner countries is stronger than ever and is already bringing tangible benefits to the daily lives of citizens across the region. Together the EU and its six Eastern Partners are working to increase our joint ambition to tackle environmental protection and climate challenges. There is no time to lose. Today's meeting has brought all partner together to agree on the next steps forward.” said Katarína Mathernová, Deputy Director-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations at the European Commission.
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine are committed to actively implement the Sustainable Development Goals and other international commitments, including those tackling climate change under the Paris Agreement. In addition, within the framework of the Eastern Partnership, the European Union together with all partners have also agreed to certain targets under the “20 Deliverables for 2020”. In this context, the EU4Environment programme is supporting the countries to transition towards greener, more efficient and sustainable economies, as well as to addressing environmental challenges. Complementary measures will be implemented under EU4Climate programme.
EU4Environment builds on the achievements of past EU-funded programmes, which brought important policy changes and enterprise-level measures. For example, previous work has contributed to the adoption of new laws on the environmental assessment of strategies, plans and investment projects in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. More than 400 enterprises received expert advice to identify green solutions that result in annual savings of some EUR 10 million. The six Eastern partners also identified additional nature conservation areas four times the size of Belgium.
EU4Environment is project funded by the European Union worth EUR 20 million to support Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine in implementing the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, improving climate policies and legislation, and reducing the impact of climate change on people’s lives. EU4Environment is working with the six countries to preserve and better use their natural capital, increase people's environmental well-being, and grasp new development opportunities. For example, businesses, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises, are being supported to save energy, water and materials. Leading international experts are also advising national administrations on better environmental governance, such as assurance of compliance with laws, effective use of public finance and building of administrative capacity.
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Turkmenistan widely celebrates the World Bicycle Day
Turkmenistan widely observed the World Bicycle Day, which was instituted by the United Nations General Assembly by the initiative of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
Many sports receive wide development in close cooperation with International Olympic Committee and various sport federation in the country today. Ashgabat has unique Olympic village where V Asian Indoor and Martial Art Games were held with triumph in 2017 and the World weightlifting Championship in November 2018. It is planned to hold the World Sambo Championship in the next year 2020.
Care of nation’s health, making of conditions for happy life of people are the priorities of the state policy. All reforms of the Head of the State and national programmes successfully implemented in Turkmenistan are based on the main values of our state and society – the human. Sport and healthy life style help him to reveal his potential completely. It is worth to highlight that Turkmen leader proves it by personal example.
On the day of celebration, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has also taken part in grandiose celebration event timed to the World Bicycle Day.
Early in the morning, thousands of the resident of the capital have gathered with their bicycles near the park where the Path of Health starts. Members of the Government, heads of the Mejlis and military and law enforcement agencies, ministries and departments of the country, representatives of public organizations and mass media, different work groups, members of diplomatic corps and personnel on international organizations, students of the universities were among the participants.
President of the country came to the start point of mass cycling race. Everything was ready to start the race. The President of Turkmenistan addressed the participants with the speech.
Congratulating the participants of the event on the World Bicycle Day, the Head of the State noted that this international holiday, which is widely observed in all countries of the world, supports careful treatment of the environment, strengthening of people’s health as well as development of sport and physical culture.
“I would like to mention it with pride that this celebration was announced by the UN General Assembly by proposal of Turkmenistan in April 2018”, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.
Our country pays great attention to development of physical culture and sport, carries out large-scale work for strengthening of citizens’ health, increment of longevity. The best conditions are made for people to go in for physical training and sports, the President continued.
Special attention is paid to the development of cycling. Having mass cycling race became our good tradition. Such actions supports the improvement of health of the population, increment of level of ecological prosperity, popularization of cycling, the Head of the state highlighted.
Having again congratulated the participants on the World Bicycle Day, the President wished all participants to stay committed to the principles of healthy life style and physical training.
After, the floor was given to official representative of the Guinness World Record , Mrs Sheida Subashi Gemigi.
First, the guest congratulated the President and people of Turkmenistan on the World Bicycle day, which was instituted by the UN General Assembly by the initiative of Turkmen leader.
Mrs Subashi informed that new world record has been set at the cycling exercise in the Olympic village on June 1, 2019. It was the longest lasting cycling parade in one line.
The participants of major cycling event lined up at certain distance from each other and ride around the Olympic village, having covered 3,300 meters.
Thus, Ashgabat beat the record, which was set in India on March 3, 2019. This fact was officially registered by the Guinness World Record and proved by relative certification, which was handed over at current event.
Increased interest of international community to the cycling owing to the UN Resolution on institution of the World Bicycle Day by the initiative of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov inspires world sport public and informative circles to study the practice of our country in propaganda of the principles of healthy life style, especially cycling culture.
After the award ceremony of the certificate of the Guinness Record Book, the floor was given to Director of International Cyclist Union (UCI) David Lappartient.
Congratulating the Head of the State on the holiday, he noted the role of Turkmenistan and President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov personally in initiation of the World Bicycle Day, having expressed his delight with the scale of diplomatic work in this direction. In this regard, it was announced about the decision of the UCI to award Turkmen leader with the Certificate of Appreciation.
In the results of the efforts of the Head of the State as one of the Presidents of the world who actively goes in for sport, he cycling received rapid development in Turkmenistan recently. Therefore, Mr Lappartient informed that the International Cyclist union delegated the right to host 2021 World Track Cycling Championship in the capital of our country Ashgabat.
In the end of his speech, the guest handed over relative certificate under the applauses of the participants. After, the President of Turkmenistan gave started to mass cycling race and headed the convoy.
Members of the Government of the country followed the Head of the State through parade arch, which was installed especially there. President of the ARETI International Holding I. Makarov and famous sportsmen were honoured guests of the celebration.
The President and participants of the race were greeted by popular singers and art collectives with music, dance and folk performances all way along the route until finish line.
Being the most eco-friendly transport, the bicycle is an excellent transport to use for travelling around the country. recently, the concept of ecological culture is heard more often in our society. It is used in different contexts, like in the aspects of global sustainable development, national social and economic policy, natural protection activity and moral education.
Speaking at the UN Summit on adoption o the Global Agenda after 2015 in the headquarter of the United Nations Organization in New York, the President of Turkmenistan said that it is impossible to reach social and economic development of the states and nations of the planet without care of the environment.
The Concept of the President implies reasonable management methods, scientific organization of production facilities and application of advanced technologies allowing avoiding unfavourable impact on the ecology. Stable ecological situation in Turkmenistan is good sample of the fact that it can be achieved and despite that intensive industrial development, ecological policy of the state brings positive results.
As is known, the monument, which will have to reflect rich history and modern achievements of the nations, is to be built in Ashgabat in honour of this international date. Turkmen land is located in the heart new famous Silk Road. In this regard, the Head of the State noted that monument of bicycle has to be built in the shape of the globe and symbolize the input of Turkmen people to the history of humanity.
It is worth mentioning that all diplomatic missions of Turkmenistan to foreign countries, having organized similar races all over the world, as well as national cycling federations and continental confederation, numerous cyclists in different countries have joined the celebration of the World Bicycle Day.
Cycling races are the most popular forms of socially important action held in many countries of the world to support various social, sport and ecological projects and ideas and according to our guests, who came to Ashgabat from different states, they have not seen such comprehensive scale of similar event.
Having covered the distance of 15,000 meters along the Archabyl Avenue and Bitarap Turkmenistan, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov entered the final ground of the race at the main square of the country with the State Tribune.
After mass cycling race organized in the capital on occasion of the World Bicycle Day, the Head of the State held the session with the participation of the Speaker of the Mejlis and Deputy Chairmen of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan where issues related to further development of mass physical culture and sports in the country and assertion of the principles of healthy life style in the society.
During the meeting, having mentioned that adoption of relative Resolution on declaration of June 3 as the World Bicycle Day by the United Nations General Assembly by the initiative of Turkmenistan became an important event for all humanity, the President highlighted that this fact is another evidence of positive result of huge work, which is carried out in Turkmenistan for development of sport and physical and health improving movement and popularization of healthy life style.
It was highlighted that provision of ecological wealth in cities and villages, involvement of Turkmenistan citizens to regular physical training exercises, stimulation of sports of highest achievements are the main factors, which are to support the improvement of working and art activity of people and their creative energy.
Being committed to everlasting humanistic ideals of the Olympic movement, neutral Turkmenistan makes significant contribution to the improvement and expansion of international cooperation in sport sphere. Policy of the President in this direction gives results: national sport enters new levels.
This is indicated by the fact that the International Cyclists Union delegated the right to Ashgabat to host 2021 World Track Cycling Championship as well as by another Certificate of the Guinness Record Book for the longest lasting cycling parade in one line, which was held on June 1 in the Olympic village.
In this regard, the President of Turkmenistan made special mention of the importance of provision of proper conditions for training of Turkmen cyclists to coming prestige world tournament, having ordered to approach the solution of issues in this sphere on integrated basis.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov also ordered to take measures for further popularization of the cycling among the youth, organization of interesting events, competitions, which would allow revealing new sport talents.
Finishing working session, the President of Turkmenistan wished strong health, family prosperity and success in solution of all set objectives to the participants.
After, the President of Turkmenistan received President of International Cyclist Union David Lappartient and head of ARETI International Holding Igor Makarov.
After the meetings, the Head of the State left the place of event.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
Council of CIS Heads of Government holds session in Ashgabat
The Council of Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Independent States holds a session in the Turkmen capital under the chairmanship of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
Government delegations of the CIS member states arrived in Ashgabat to participate in the meeting that Turkmenistan hosts as a country presiding over the CIS in 2019. As already reported, the Turkmen leader held bilateral meetings with the heads of the delegations of the CIS states on May 30.
In the morning, the participants headed to the building of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had the photos taken together with Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev, Chairman of the Executive Committee - CIS Executive Secretary Sergey Lebedev and then with the heads of delegations. The forum participants were invited to the venue of the meeting in a narrow format.
Declaring the next, 73rd meeting of the Council of CIS Heads of Government open, the President of Turkmenistan noted that the newly appointed Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Askar Mamin, was participating in the meeting as a member of the Council for the first time. After welcoming the head of the government of Kazakhstan on behalf of the Council and on his behalf, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov wished him every success in his responsible work.
Noting that the heads of delegations of the countries, non-members of the Council, have the appropriate authority to make decisions, the President of Turkmenistan said that the Republic of Moldova participated in the meeting in observer status.
Then the floor was given to the Chairman of the Executive Committee - Executive Secretary of the CIS - Sergey Lebedev, who presented the information on organizational issues.
After the meeting’s agenda was approved, an exchange of views on the important issues of economic cooperation within the CIS has started.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
Eastern Partnership celebrates 10-year anniversary at high-level conference in Brussels
On 14 May, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker hosted a high-level conference on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership.
The conference brought together Heads of State or Government of the Eastern partner countries, foreign ministers of the EU Member States, civil society representatives, business leaders, young people and journalists from across the 34 countries. High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini, Commissioner Johannes Hahn and Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, also participated in the event.
“The Eastern Partnership is fundamentally a future-oriented partnership for the citizens and with the citizens; firmly focussed on what is important for them. Together we are working towards stronger economies, stronger governance, stronger connectivity and stronger societies”, said President Juncker. “We have put in place ambitious Association Agreements and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine and citizens of these countries also benefit from visa free travel for short stays in the EU. 125,000 loans have been provided to businesses in the Eastern Partnership, of which half are in local currency, and we have contributed to the creation of over 30,000 jobs in the region. And our trade has increased with each of the six Eastern Partnership countries, which together are the EU’s 10th trading partner. I would like us to continue to focus on the content of what we believe we should do together so that our Partnership can keep its promises.”
The conference’s participants discussed the developments of the partnership during this first decade and exchanged views on its future.
Ten years ago, in May 2009, the Heads of State or Government and representatives of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine gathered with high-level EU officials in Prague to strengthen mutual ties of friendship and cooperation and to launch a strategic and ambitious partnership, as a specific dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy to be developed alongside bilateral cooperation.
This joint endeavour, in an effort to build a more prosperous, resilient, stable and democratic region, was based on shared values, mutual interests and commitments, bringing the Eastern partner countries closer to the EU and developing stronger ties among the partner countries themselves, for the benefit of all.
ASHGABAT AND BUDAPEST ARE DETERMINED TO ACTIVATE COOPERATION IN DIFFERENT SPHERES
On the 20th of May 2019, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary Peter Szijjarto arrived to Ashgabat on a working visit. During the visit, the meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R.Meredov with his Hungarian counterpart was held in the MFA of Turkmenistan.
During the talks, the parties discussed multilateral and regional cooperation of Turkmenistan and Hungary in the framework of reputable international organizations. Also, an exchange of views held place on a wide range of issues pertaining to the development of bilateral ties in political, trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian spheres.
The necessity of holding the next session of Joint Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation and Business Forum of Turkmenistan in Hungary in the end of current year was stressed. The parties also considered the issues of water management in the Central Asian countries and the situation in Afghanistan.
Upon completion of the negotiations, the signing ceremony of Memorandum of Understanding in the field of sports between the Ministry of Sport and Youth Policy of Turkmenistan and the Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary was held.