Kazakhstan – EU Cooperation

Creating a Stronger Partnership Together

Mutual Objectives:

to promote sustainable interconnection, intensify cooperation in trade, FDI, governance, rule of law and more.

Total FDI: $142 billion

Total FDI into Kazakhstan from EU sources between 2005 and 2018 reached $142 billion, which is more than 50% of total FDI directed into Kazakhstan.

Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement

Kazakhstan is the 1st Central Asian country to have signed with the EU an Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA).The agreement is now the main document framing EU-Kazakhstan relations and provides the legal framework for developing bilateral relations in 29 key policy areas, such as political dialogue, human rights, energy, transport, the environment and climate change, etc.

Cooperation Council of the EU & Kazakhstan

The Kazakhstan-EU Cooperation Council is the highest interaction body established under the EPCA. Kazakh foreign ministers and the member state holding the EU presidency meet annually to review the agreement’s execution and discuss judicial cooperation, regional security, rule of law, climate change and commercial and customs matters.

Supporting Sustainable Development

European companies are some of the largest investors in Kazakhstan’s renewable energy sector. Investors from the EU launched Central Asia’s largest solar plant in Saran, Kazakhstan. The cooperation with the EU in renewable energy sector will help Kazakhstan achieve its obligations under the Paris Climate Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by 2030 compared with the 1990 level.

New EU Central Asia strategy

Kazakhstan was instrumental in creating the new EU Central Asia strategy due to its strategic role in the region. The EU leadership recognizes Kazakhstan’s unique position in Central Asia to act as an engine for regional cohesion and cooperation. Kazakhstan is committed to further developing Central Asia’s cooperation with the EU in various sectors.

Regional Integration Project on Climate Protection

The European Union (EU) launched the Green Central Asia regional integration project on climate protection on January 28, 2020 in Berlin. Green Central Asia will support high-level dialogue on climate change in the context of security and stability of the six states involved.