New EU strategy for Central Asia
The Eurasian Council on Foreign Relations presented its recommendations to the new EU strategy for Central Asia. The document outlines ideas for the period between 2020 and 2027. In the future, the European Union will take a more focused approach in developing joint projects with the countries of the region. The EU will also focus on the fields of logistics, education and strengthening of the financial system in the Central Asian countries.
PETER BURIAN, EU SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR CENTRAL ASIA:
- We are clearly seeing an important role of Kazakhstan as an engine of regional cooperation. Certainly, Kazakhstan is our first trade partner and EU is the first investor in Kazakhstan. So, I think, this is reflecting really rich spectre of our relationship
The presentation was attended by members of the Advisory Council, such as former presidents, ministers of European countries, diplomats of a number of countries, including Kazakhstan, as well as British media representatives.
ROMAN VASSILENKO, KAZAKH DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER:
- Kazakhstan is looking forward to furthering cooperation and strengthening of the strategic partnership with the European Union. As we know, these relations are based on the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement.
The Eurasian Council on Foreign Relations is a centre specializing in Central Asia. According to members of the council, the centre will continue focusing its activities on strengthening of economic, institutional and political ties between Europe and Central Asia.