EU-Kazakhstan Cooperation Council - Press conference

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The Cooperation Council welcomed the successful implementation of the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Kazakhstan. It covers areas such as trade and customs, environment and climate change, energy and green economy as well as rule of law and judicial cooperation. The Cooperation Council confirmed the mutual interest of the EU and Kazakhstan in consolidating the relationship and cooperation, in particular in ensuring regional stability and development.

The Cooperation Council also discussed political, judicial and economic reforms and trade and economic relations, topics that are of importance to both parties. The meeting addressed the issues of good governance, human rights protection and civil society cooperation. It also underlined that legitimate security measures necessary for fighting terrorism must respect individual rights and freedoms.

The Cooperation Council welcomed recent positive developments in the Central Asian regional cooperation. The EU announced that a new EU Strategy for Central Asia should be adopted in 2019, notably to take into account the changing political and socio-economic regional environment. Regional security aspects were also discussed in relation to Afghanistan, including border management, counter-terrorism and the fight against drug trafficking.

The meeting was chaired by Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Foreign Affairs Minister of Kazakhstan. The EU was represented by Ekaterina Zaharieva, Deputy Prime Minister for judicial reform and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, currently holding the Council presidency.

In the margins of the Cooperation Council, the EU High Representative, Federica Mogherini, had a bilateral meeting with Foreign Minister Abdrakhmanov, where they discussed bilateral issues and regional developments in the perspective of a new EU strategy for Central Asia.

Press conference opening remarks by Kairat ABRAKHMANOV, Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan

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