The Delegation of the European Union to the Kyrgyz Republic represents the European Union in the Kyrgyz Republic and is headed by Ambassador Mr. Eduard Auer.
The European Union and the Kyrgyz Republic have been partners since the country's independence in 1991, increasing their cooperation and areas of interaction year-on-year. The Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA), in force since 1999, outlines three main pillars of cooperation: political dialogue, economic relations and cooperation in a variety of sectors, such as social, finance, science, technology and culture. Today cooperation takes place mainly through a number of regional, bilateral and thematic bilateral programmes under each of which there fall various different projects. Cooperation is further enhanced via dialogue platforms and the Investment Facility for Central Asia (IFCA).
The Kyrgyz Republic is one of the European Union's partners within the European Union and Central Asia: Strategy for a New Partnership, which outlines the overall cooperation objectives, policy responses and priority fields for the EU's engagement in Central Asia. A new version of the Strategy will be adopted in 2019 and synchronised with the adoption of the next 2020-2027 multi-annual development assistance budget for the region. The ongoing Regional Multiannual Indicative Program for Central Asia (RIP) for 2014-2020, is focused on two sectors: sustainable development (energy, environment, water and socio-economic development) and regional security (border management, fight against drugs and crime, rule of law and judiciary reforms). During this funding period, the EU is allocating €1 billion for regional cooperation projects in Central Asia (including €115 million for the Erasmus+ programme).
In addition, for the timeframe 2014-2020 in the framework of the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI), the EU has allocated €174 million of grant-form bilateral aid to the Kyrgyz Republic. The DCI support is primarily directed at three focal sectors and support measures: integrated rural development and social protection, education and the rule of law. In addition, IFCA adds EU grants to loans provided by financial Institutions, for example the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Over €130 million worth of grants were allocated between 2011-2018 to leverage loans from International Financial Institutions for regional priorities, such as municipal infrastructure for waste management, drinking water supply, wastewater services in urban areas as well as energy efficiency and SME support.
This EU financial contribution is further complemented by the use of thematic instruments: the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP), the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities (CSO-LA) and Erasmus+. Moreover, the EU contributes to chemical biological radiological and nuclear risks mitigation.
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The Humanitarian aid department of the European Commission (ECHO) provides funding in the immediate aftermath of natural or manmade disasters, as well as in conflicts, with the aim to save lives. ECHO funds European humanitarian organisations, UN agencies and the Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies. The assistance is provided in the form of supply of medical personnel and equipment, medications, tents, food, various types of materials and essential equipment, generators and fuel for humanitarian actions.
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For details of the European Union's programs and activities in the Kyrgyz Republic please visit the following website: http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/kyrgyzstan and the Facebook page of the EU Delegation: www.facebook.com/eudelkg
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Head of Office: Ms. Marilyn Josefson, Ambassador, Head of Delegation
For information contact: Askarbek Erkebaev, Press and Information Officer
21 Boulevard Erkindik, Business Centre Orion - 5th floor
Tel: +996 (312) 261 005
Fax: +996 (312) 261 007
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