On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the European Union and Mongolia, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, sent a letter to Mongolian Foreign Minister Tsogtbaatar Damdin.
In the letter she highlighted that over the past 30 years the bilateral partnership between the EU and Mongolia has grown stronger, founded on a shared commitment to democracy, the rule of law and human rights. Recent steps forward include the entry into force of the EU-Mongolia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, and the opening of the EU Delegation in Ulaanbaatar – both in 2017. The quality and scope of the bilateral cooperation have expanded considerably, now covering trade, human rights, development cooperation, climate change, people-to-people links, and many other areas of mutual interest.
The High Representative further underlined that economic relations have intensified: the European Union is now Mongolia’s third-largest trading partner, despite the distance between them, with Mongolia benefiting from preferential access to the EU market under the GSP+ scheme.
The European Union shares Mongolia’s interest in closer bilateral ties, and has been a committed partner in Mongolia’s democratic development and modernisation since the 1990s, supporting institutional reforms, and efforts to diversify the economy and to promote more equitable growth. More than anything, the common thread of increased cooperation over the past 30 years has been to improve the lives of our respective citizens and to create more opportunities for them. This is why the EU and Mongolia have strengthened their cooperation and why they will continue to do so.