European Commission (EC) has approved a middleterm program for developing relations with Mongolia during the second stage Talks of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (TPCA) to be established between Mongolia and the European Union (EU). Pursuant to the program to be realized in 2011-2013, financing of EUR 15 million will be made in two main directions for the development of rural citizens, and improving professional skills of civil servants in the scope of goals to introduce EU’s standards and norms in Mongolia.
In view of the first direction, projects will be implemented to promote vocational training in aimags with the objective to support sustainable livelihoods. Some parts of the financing will be spent for strengthening skills of civil servants in the city and in rural provinces.
In addition, the sides shared views at the talks on spending the remaining EUR 4 million for promoting small and middle-sized production firms from the financing of the middle-term program of 2007-2010. The EC reported that it is implementing another project of EUR 2 million for food safety in Mongolia.
The EU always supports the reforms of Mongolia and has realized several projects within bilateral cooperation in frames of the TASIC and ALA programs from 1993. From the year 2007, the EU has been working-out middle term programs for realizing projects of developmental cooperation.