On June 30, 2020, the successive meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Central Asian countries and USA in the “C5+1” format was held through videoconferencing.
The Secretary of State of the United States of America and the Foreign Ministers of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan took part in the session.
The participants considered the collaboration in political-diplomatic field, and discussed the key aspects of trade-economic cooperation. One of the main topics of discussion at this meeting was the settlement of the situation in Afghanistan and development of joint mechanisms on expanding the cooperation in various areas.
During his speech at the ministerial meeting, Minister of Foreign Affairs R.Meredov expressed the standpoint of Turkmenistan concerning the Afghan issues. He underlined that the Turkmen side supports the cooperation in multilateral formats aimed at strengthening of political and socio-economic life in the neighboring country by peaceful means and is ready to use the necessary political-diplomatic potential of the state in this regard. Herein, the importance of applying the UN platform was emphasized.
During the meeting, the opportunities of expanding mutual investments, infrastructural, transport-communication, social and energy projects of regional scale were discussed. The parties exchanged views on strengthening collaboration in the area of healthcare, energy, transport, nature protection.
During his mission to the region of Kakheti, Georgia, EU Ambassador Carl Hartzell visited two EU-supported energy efficiency projects in Telavi and Shilda. The projects have won international awards for their achievements and have participated in the EU Sustainable Energy Award for the Eastern Partnership.
The environmentally friendly winery in Georgia ShildaWine won the 2019 EU Sustainable Energy Award for the Eastern Partnership. With support from the EU and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, ShildaWine now uses energy-efficient technologies. The company has reduced its electricity consumption by up to 60% and now saves more than €60,000 per year.
The second EU-funded project ‘Biomass energy and energy-efficient technologies' won third place in the 2020 EU Sustainable Energy Award for the Eastern Partnership. The project helped two kindergartens in Telavi switch to energy-efficient biomass heating.
In an interview with BM Media, Carl Hartzell commented:
“The European Union plans to implement many projects in Kakheti in 2020-2021. We are trying to help the region realize the potential it has in different directions. We will try to use the wine industry and the waste generated from it as much as possible to produce energy. Energy efficiency will allow us to use natural resources to give the region more opportunities for heating. I am glad that the Parliament has adopted a law on energy efficiency, which helps us to take our cooperation to a new level. Ultimately, all of this will benefit the environment, the country and the people.”
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Earlier in September, Carl Hartzell was appointed as Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia.
As the EU's top diplomat in the country, Ambassador Hartzell oversees the bilateral relationship between the EU and Georgia, and the work of the Delegation including political and economic affairs, as well as cooperation.
He represents the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission and works under the direct authority of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy in implementing the EU’s foreign policy.