The European Union and Kazakhstan have been partners since the country's independence, sharing a dialogue which has continually expanded. In the early years of cooperation this dialogue initially focused on trade and investment, but since 2002 many important issues have been included, such as Energy, Transport, as well as Justice, Home Affairs and political dialogue in issues of common concern.
The main document, underpinning the EU partnership with Kazakhstan, is the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) [225 KB] , which was signed in 1995 and came into force in 1999.
At the regional level, Kazakhstan is a priority country within the European Union and Central Asia: Strategy for a New Partnership . In June 2012, the European Council and the European Commission published their Joint Progress Report on the implementation of the EU Central Asia Strategy .
The launch of the negotiations for a new enhanced agreement between the EU and Kazakhstan took place on 27 June 2011 in Brussels.
The start of these negotiations for an enhanced agreement is an important milestone to further advance relations and strengthen the EU and its Member States’ cooperation with Kazakhstan.