Tashkent, Uzbekistan – The Tashkent Botanical Garden hosted the European Union (EU) Festival to celebrate the Europe Day and 30 years of partnership between the European Union and the Republic of Uzbekistan. Thousands of guests participated in the festive event and its extensive programme of cultural and educational events in honour of the important cooperation milestone between the European Union and Uzbekistan, the EU Delegation reports.

The highlight of the Festival was a large exhibition showcasing 50 projects funded by the EU and its Member States in Uzbekistan and Central Asia. This unique platform featured initiatives in various fields, including trade, employment, human rights, education, skills development, sustainable development, agriculture, culture, and more.

“This year marks the celebration of 30 years of a mutually enriching partnership between the European Union and Uzbekistan. The EU Festival stands as a vibrant testimony to our unwavering dedication to fostering sustainable development, upholding democratic principles, and advancing economic prosperity throughout Uzbekistan. We are proud to be able to present a wide range of projects and initiatives aimed at improving trade, education, human rights, sustainable development and cultural exchange. Our collaboration thrives on mutual respect and shared values, laying the foundation for even greater achievements in the future through our collective endeavours,” expressed Her Excellency Charlotte Adriaen, Ambassador of the European Union to Uzbekistan, during the inauguration of the Festival.

The EU-funded SECCA project also took part in the event and was represented by Team Leader and Key Expert Paata Janelidze and communication experts Nurgul Smagulova-Dulic and Yerik Ilyassov. The project invited the students and teachers of School 242, which was recognised by the EU as the most energy efficient school of Tashkent last year. The SECCA experts held a quiz challenge “Energy Efficiency Champions” with participation of the schoolchildren and the guests of the event.

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