– in view of its legislative resolution of 14 December 22, 2016, concerning the draft Council decision on the conclusion of a protocol to the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement establishing a partnership between the European Communities and their Member States, and the Republic of Uzbekistan, on the other hand, amending the agreement to extend the provisions of the agreement to bilateral textile trade, given the expiration of the bilateral textile agreement (1), EU trade with Central Asia has increased and the EU is now the region`s main trading partner, which accounts for about a third of its total foreign trade. Nevertheless, the total turnover of EU trade with Central Asia remains low. Central Asia is of geostrategic importance to the EU. The region is a bridge to China, Afghanistan and the Middle East. The region is an important source of energy imports for the EU. Three of the five Central Asian countries (Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) enjoy favourable access to the EU market through the system of generalised preferences (Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan can no longer benefit from this scheme as high-middle-income economies). The Kyrgyz Republic also benefits from the GSP regime, which grants additional preferences. Temporarily, the original ad remains available for display in the page`s history. Please note that this is about the text of this Wikipedia article; it should not be taken to reflect on this article. . – in view of the decision of representatives of the governments of the Member States, at the Council meeting on 16 July 2018, during which the European Commission has the power to engage and negotiate, on behalf of the Member States, provisions under the competence of the Member States within the framework of a comprehensive agreement between the European Union and its Member States, on the one hand, and the Republic of Uzbekistan, on the other (10337/18), unless otherwise stated, “EU” concerns for all the current EUROPEAN Union years of 27 Member States.
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