Heads of Foreign Ministries of five countries of Central Asia and the European Union discussed a condition and the prospects of a cooperation with emphasis on various aspects of economic development, reports the Azerbaijani news agency Trend with reference to Press Service of the Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan.

The meeting in the "Central Asia — the European Union" format took place the day before in Brussels. Heads of Foreign Ministries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan participated in it.

The strategy of interaction in the "Central Asia — the European Union" format was approved in 2007. Regional programs within strategy work in six directions: in the sphere of ensuring stability and safety, sustainable economic development and fight against poverty, and also regional cooperation both in the region, and between the EU and Central Asia.

The number of the priority directions of a cooperation of the EU and the countries of Central Asia includes power and water resources, transport, small and medium business, management of borders and fight against a drug traffic, science and education, and also environmental protection.

During the period since 2007 the EU allocated more than one billion euros for implementation of various regional programs and projects in the specific countries.