2023-02-10 12:36News

Kazakhstan – EU: Joint statement

Kazakhstan – EU: Joint statement by Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tileuberdi and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy – Vice President of the European Commission Josep Borrell on the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and the European Union. Over the past three decades, we have been able to build a strong partnership based on mutual respect and trust.

From the signing of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement in 1995 to the entry into force of our Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA) in 2020, our dynamic relations have come a long way.

The EPCA now covers 29 broad areas of cooperation – from economy, trade and investment to cooperation in aviation, education and research, civil society and human rights. Kazakhstan and the EU remain firmly committed to developing and strengthening further our mutually beneficial bilateral relations to implement fully the EPCA.

The EU reiterates its full support for Kazakhstan’s large-scale political and economic reforms to advance its vision of a Just and Fair Kazakhstan, and the commitment to a full and transparent investigation of the January 2022 events.

The recently signed Memorandum of Understanding on a Strategic Partnership on sustainable raw materials, batteries and renewable hydrogen value chains will be crucial for green and digital transitions. We look forward to increased high-level contacts and parliamentary cooperation, strengthened business and people-to-people links, and continued dialogues on human rights and the rule of law.

In light of the current geopolitical context, we reiterate our firm commitment to the UN Charter, international law, and the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity. We stress the importance of maintaining peace and stability, as well as resolving disputes through diplomatic means.

We reaffirm our ambition to establishing a strong and forward-looking framework for cooperation between the EU and Central Asia, and to strengthening regional dialogue in Central Asia – key to prosperity, resilience and sustainable development. As a next step, we look forward to the EU – Central Asia Economic Forum in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in 2023.

In this milestone year for our relations, we look to the future with confidence in our ever-closer and multifaceted cooperation. We are determined to advance it for the mutual benefit of the people in the European Union and in Kazakhstan, and also for a greater regional stability and prosperity.

About the Embassy

The Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the Kingdom of Sweden and in the Kingdom of Denmark was opened on March 8, 2014 by direct decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan with a view to strengthening diplomatic relations. The site is introduced to keep the wide public informed on activity of the diplomatic mission in Sweden, and to provide information support for the citizens of Kazakhstan who live in Sweden and foreigners who are going to visit Kazakhstan as tourists or businessmen.


Aibek Yessey
Aibek Yessey
The Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan