Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission and her counterpart, Erlan Idrissov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, have today in Astana signed the European Union-Republic of Kazakhstan Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. The new Agreement will replace the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement that has been in force since 1999 and represents a significant step forward in EU-Kazakhstan relations.
Kazakhstan is the first of the Central Asian Republics to conclude a new generation agreement with the EU. The Agreement will strengthen political dialogue between the EU and Kazakhstan and will serve to promote mutual trade and investments, creating an opportunity to mutually strengthen economic links and ties.
The Agreement will reinforce cooperation in some 29 key policy areas, including in the sectors of economic and financial cooperation, justice and the rule of law, energy, environment and climate change, employment and social affairs, culture, education and research. Cooperation in foreign and security policy will be enhanced, whilst the Agreement also puts a strong emphasis on democracy and the rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms, as well as civil society cooperation.