The European Union(EU) is outlining its vision for a renewed partnership with Central Asia, updating its strategy on relations with the region first set out in 2007.
The new Joint Communication adopted today by the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy sets out a fresh vision for a stronger partnership with the five countries of Central Asia: Kazakhstan; the Kyrgyz Republic; Tajikistan; Turkmenistan; and Uzbekistan. It comes at a key moment of fast-developing Euro-Asian connectivity, reform and opening up in some of the countries of the region, and new momentum for regional cooperation.
EU’s engagement with Central Asia has significantly expanded since the early 1990s. The EU adopted its first Strategy on Central Asia that established a regular political dialogue and enhanced cooperation in key initiatives including the rule of law, education and environment EU and its Member States reaffirmed their commitment to develop a strong and durable relationship with Central Asia Joint Communication on “The EU and Central Asia: New Opportunities for a Stronger Partnership” was adopted by the European Commission and the High Representative
High Representative/Vice-President, Federica Mogherini said:
“Central Asia has always been a key region: for its history, for its culture, and for its role of connecting East and West. Today it is becoming more and more strategic, amid positive internal and regional dynamics, as well as increasing global challenges that demand a strengthened partnership.”
“Resilience and prosperity will be the pillars of our cooperation with Central Asia, of our support to sustainable development and reform processes, to the benefit of our citizens.”
The Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, added:
“The European Union is a leading development partner for Central Asia, supporting the region with over €1 billion between 2014-2020 in areas such as the rule of law, environment, water, trade and border management. Read more