What does the opening of the EU office in Turkmenistan mean?

What does the opening of the EU office in Turkmenistan mean?

At yesterday’s meeting in Brussels, the foreign ministers of the European Union and Central Asian countries, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini announced the opening of the EU official representative office in Turkmenistan in 2019.

Cooperation with Central Asia has long been in the interests of the EU, considering the countries of the region as reliable partners in addressing current global challenges.

The economic growth of the region, which determines the flow of energy supplies to all corners of the world, is increasingly attracting the attention and interests of the largest global players. Opening the official representation in Central Asia, the EU expands its direct participation in the life of the region and contributes to the establishment of closer contacts between Europe and Asia.

According to the classical scheme, which, one way or another, the remaining 140 EU representations all over the world adhere to, the organization in Ashgabat will build up a partnership with Turkmenistan in all areas, opening up new opportunities for cooperation.

– The establishment of a new delegation in Ashgabat will allow the European Union to intensify political, economic and sectoral dialogues and cooperation with Turkmenistan. This decision reflects the EU’s desire to fully cooperate with Turkmenistan in such strategic areas as security, human rights, energy, climate and the rule of law, the European Foreign Service communiqué stresses.

According to experts, there are several problems that the European Union can effectively solve only in cooperation with Turkmenistan. This is the diversification of the gas supply of the Old World and the transport and transit communication of Europe with the largest economies of the world – China and India.

Experts, including European ones, recognize that the real diversification of gas supplies to the European energy market is possible if the gas resources of the Caspian countries are attracted. In this region, only Turkmenistan has free gas in the required volume.

As for the transport sector, according to experts, the most optimal transport routes from China, and soon from India, to Europe, pass through the territory of Turkmenistan.