EU relations with Central Asia

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  • 20/01/2015
    Press release: EU and Kazakhstan initial Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement Press release: EU and Kazakhstan initial Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement <p>This agreement will greatly facilitate stronger political and economic relations between Kazakhstan and the EU.  It will increase the flow of trade, services and investment between the parties and will contribute to Kazakhstan's political and social development.<br/>The initialing of the Agreement is an important step towards its eventual signature and subsequent implementation. <br/>On the EU side the agreement was initialed by chief negotiators Mr Gunnar WIEGAND, Director for Russia, Eastern Patnership, Central Asia, Regional Cooperation and OSCE at the European External Action Service and Mr Luc Pierre DEVIGNE, Head of Unit for Trade aspects of European neighbourhood policy, Trade relations with countries of the CIS and Balkans at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Trade. On the Kazakhstan side it was initialed by Mr Alexei VOLKOV, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Ms Zhanar AITZHANOVA, Minister for Economic Integration.<br/><br/><br/></p> 01/20/2015 19:26:43 01/20/2015 19:26:43 01/20/2015 19:26:43 01/08/2016 19:26:43 2015012019 090126248e190ce7 N 090126248e190ce7 /statements-eeas/2015/150120_01_en.htm 11813 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150120_01_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150120_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150120_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Press release: EU and Kazakhstan initial Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement
  • 31/12/2014
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the latest developments in Azerbaijan Statement by the Spokesperson on the latest developments in Azerbaijan <p>The New Year pardon announced by President Aliyev for several prisoners, including a number of journalists and opposition youth activists held in detention, is a welcome step.</p> 12/31/2014 00:10:44 12/31/2014 00:10:44 12/31/2014 00:10:44 12/07/2016 00:10:44 2014123100 090126248de281ac N 090126248de281ac /statements-eeas/2014/141230_05_en.htm 9764 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141230_05_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2014/141230_05_en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141230_05_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141230_05_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the latest developments in Azerbaijan
  • 28/12/2014
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the inclusion of the Sakharov centre in the "Foreign Agents Registry" of the Russian Federation Statement by the Spokesperson on the inclusion of the Sakharov centre in the "Foreign Agents Registry" of the Russian Federation <p>The latest decision by the Russian Ministry of Justice on 25 December to forcibly include the Sakharov centre as well as two other regional NGOs in the so called "Foreign Agents Registry" confirms continued pressure on Russian civil society and human rights organisations.</p> 12/28/2014 15:39:37 12/28/2014 15:39:37 12/28/2014 15:39:37 12/04/2016 15:39:37 2014122815 090126248dda0f40 N 090126248dda0f40 /statements-eeas/2014/141228_01_en.htm 9811 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141228_01_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2014/141228_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141228_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141228_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the inclusion of the Sakharov centre in the "Foreign Agents Registry" of the Russian Federation

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The countries of Central Asia are

EU relations with these countries have developed further since the European Council adopted The EU and Central Asia: Strategy for a New Partnership  in June 2007. This strategy has strengthened ties in all areas through

The strategy is supported by a significant increase in EU assistance.

Since 2007 the EU and the Central Asian countries have reaffirmed their commitment to the strategy, and implementation [56 KB] is well under way. The EU last assessed the advances made in its June 2012 Progress Report , which confirmed the continuing relevance of both its strategy and the priority areas for cooperation. It also acknowledged that the region faces new and growing challenges – especially in Afghanistan - and that security issues have come to the fore in relations with the EU.

The European External Action Service has 4 delegations in Central Asia, in Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz RepublicTajikistan and Uzbekistan respectively. It also has a chargé d'affaires for Turkmenistan, while the European Commission has a regional office for humanitarian aid and civil protection in Almaty, Kazakhstan.