The Role of the EU Delegation
The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Kazakhstan is one of over 130 European Union Delegations around the world.
The Delegation was opened in 1994 in Almaty as the first European Commission Delegation in Central Asia. External Relations Commissioner Hans van den Broek and Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokaev participated in the official inauguration ceremony. In 2004, the European Commission also established offices in Bishkek and Dushanbe, each headed by a locally based Chargй d'Affaires ad interim, under the authority of the Head of Delegation in Kazakhstan. These two offices have been upgraded in 2010 and are now full fledged Delegations.
Under the provisions of the Lisbon Treaty, the Delegation of the European Commission to Kazakhstan has been transformed, as of 1 December 2009, into the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Kazakhstan, and, as of 1 July 2010, the Delegation assumes the local EU Presidency.
In 2007, the headquarters of the Delegation were transferred to Astana, the new capital of Kazakhstan, while the technical cooperation section remained in Almaty. As of 1st of November 2010, the Almaty office of the Delegation was closed and all relevant staff positions were transferred to Astana.
The Head of Delegation is accredited to the President of Kazakhstan and also to the President of Turkmenistan.
The first Head of Delegation, Robert Kremer, handed over his credentials to President Nazarbaev on 9 December 1994. Subsequently, the Delegation was successively headed by Michael Humphreys in 1997, Alan Waddams in 2001, Adriaan van der Meer in 2005, Norbert Jousten in 2008, and Aurelia Bouchez since 2012.
- Ensures the representation of the European Union in the Republic of Kazakhstan;
- Ensures local EU Presidency and coordination with Member State embassies;
- Ensures the follow-up of bilateral relations in the areas of political, economic, trade and external assistance cooperation (financial and technical), in particular to implement the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement;
- Ensures the follow-up of EU policies in all sectors, in particular the European Union and Central Asia: Strategy for a New Partnership ;
- Promotes and defends the values and interests of the EU;
- Promotes EU cooperation at a national and regional level (Central Asia) i.e. the management of deconcentrated national and regional programmes;
- Maintains and increases the visibility, awareness and understanding of the EU.