Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation with EU approved

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The European Parliament gave consent to the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation /PCA/ signed between Mongolia and the European Union in 2013 and adopted a resolution during its plenary session held on 15 February 2017. 

Following the resolution, H.E. Mr. M.Enkhbold, the Chairman of the State Great Hural /Parliament/ of Mongolia expressed his gratitude through a letter to H.E. Mr. Antonio Tajani, the President of the European Parliament. Upon the adoption of this resolution, the Council of the European Union is expected to issue an official decision for entry into force of the PCA.

Entry into force of the PCA between Mongolia and EU will constitute a legal basis of enhancing the Mongolia-EU relations in different fields, such as trade and economic cooperation, development cooperation, agriculture and local development, energy, climate change, academic research, innovation, education and culture.

The European Parliament once adopted a resolution, supporting democratic transition process in Mongolia, back in 1994. Today, the resolution adopted in line with the ratification of the PCA shall become the key document to define the further substances and the overall development of the bilateral relations. A clause stating the need to establish the Joint Commission on the implementation of the PCA, and Inter-parliamentary Group on cooperation between the Parliament of Mongolia and the European Parliament has been included in the resolution, which should be amended to the agreement. Concerning the fact that the bilateral relations with Mongolia is covered by the EU Delegation in Beijing, the European Parliament urged the Council and the High Representative of the Union to upgrade the EU technical office in Ulaanbaatar into a fully-fledged EU Delegation in the near future.

The resolution included in itself the topics of democracy, rule of law, good governance, human rights, sustainable development, economy, trade and enhancing of cooperation on regional and global issues. Moreover, it gives evaluation to the democratic process in Mongolia, praises the efforts of Mongolia in the international arena and pleaded the EU member states to actively support Mongolia’s initiatives and collaborate effectively in enhancing trade, investment and economic cooperation, reports the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs