EU expresses willingness to cooperate in combating desertification and soil degradation

2022-10-04 16:21:28

Ulaanbaatar/MONTSAME/. On October 3, Prime Minister L.Oyun-Erdene received Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Delegation of the European Union to Mongolia Axelle Nicaise.

At the outset of the meeting, Prime Minister L.Oyun-Erdene noted that expanding relations and cooperation with our third neighbor- the European Union, and its member states is one of priorities of our foreign policy, and emphasized that the implementation of the Mongolia-EU Partnership and Cooperation Agreement and the opening of the EU’s Delegation in Mongolia are boosting bilateral relations. He also expressed gratitude for the European Union's close cooperation with Mongolia during the difficult times of the pandemic, and for providing vaccine support and assistance.

“The Government of Mongolia has set a goal to develop air transportation within the ‘Revival of Ports’ of the ‘New Revival Policy’ which aims to create economic independence. In addition, Mongolia plans to declare next year as the year of promoting tourism, and in this context, the country is seeking to increase the number of flights to the EU countries. As part of its goal of getting out of energy dependence, it was stated in the New Revival Policy that major projects on creating new energy sources, including hydro power plants, and large-scale renewable energy projects will be implemented. The government is also paying attention to green development and the reduction of desertification. In this context, it is important to cooperate with the European Union and develop mutually beneficial economic cooperation,” said the PM.

Ms. Axelle Nicaise thanked the PM for audience and noted that the ‘New Revival Policy’ being implemented by the Mongolian Government is well-timed, in particular the port and energy revival policies fully meets the need of many countries and regions and are becoming a good example.  

She also commended the Government’s intensive implementation of digitalization of public services, which began producing positive results. She emphasized that the EU is open to cooperate with Mongolia in combating desertification, soil degradation, and developing renewable energy.