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Ulan Bator, 17 November 2013
Joint Statement of H.E. Mr. Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission and H.E. Mr. Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, President of Mongolia
On 17th November 2013 Mr. Jose Manuel Barroso President of the European Commission visited Mongolia upon the invitation of Mr. Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, President of Mongolia. It was the first visit at the highest level from the EU side. President Barroso held talks with President of Mongolia Mr. Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj and Prime Minister Noroviin Altankhuyag.
Both sides agreed that 2013 has been an important year in the development of EU-Mongolia relations with the signature of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement in April and the high-level exchanges. Leaders discussed progress achieved so far in such areas as trade, development cooperation, agriculture, research and innovation and political dialogue.
The Mongolian side informed the EU about their political, social and economic situation. They re-iterated their interest in being granted Market Economy Status and in benefitting from the new GSP+ scheme. The EU expressed its willingness to provide support for Mongolia's economic reforms and for diversifying its economy. This would be achieved alia through sharing of expertise on creating a proper investment and regulatory framework for business and focusing development cooperation on key sectors for sustainable growth such as education and good governance. The EU noted that its development assistance had increased over the past years and it would double during the period 2014-2020.
The Leaders looked into the possibility of expanding and exploring new areas of cooperation. The EU is willing to continue facilitating business partnerships between Mongolian and European companies by creating the favourable conditions and helping them to better understand the economic environment and legal requirements. In this context a possible EU Mission for Growth was discussed. Both sides re-iterated their shared objective to increase people to people contacts and create opportunities for more students' exchanges under the new EU programmes 2014-2020 - Erasmus for All and Marie Sklodowska-Curie.
The Leaders exchanged views on regional and global issues. EU acknowledged Mongolian growing international engagement; it noted the positive role Mongolia was playing in the region. President Elbegdorj informed about his initiative “Ulaanbaatar Dialogue on the Northeast Asian Security”. The EU welcomed Mongolia’s engagement in reducing tensions on Korean Peninsula.
President Barroso commended Mongolia for successful Chairmanship of the Community of Democracies (CD) for 2011-2013. Both sides reaffirmed that they shared common values – rule of law, democracy and respect for human rights.
The Mongolian side underlined that an EU presence in Ulaanbaatar would give fresh impetus to expanding bilateral relations. Both sides recognized that such a presence is desirable and pledged to cooperate closely to create the necessary conditions.
President Barroso extended an invitation to Mongolian leaders to visit Brussels in 2014 on the occasion of 25th anniversary of the EU-Mongolia relations.