Political & economic relations
The European Union and the Kyrgyz Republic have been partners since the country's independence in 1991, sharing a political and economic dialogue which has continually expanded. In the early years of cooperation this dialogue initially focused on trade and investment, but since 2002 many important issues have been included, such as regional security, energy and water issues as well as human rights.
The main comprehensive document, which lays the basis to the EU partnership with the Kyrgyz Republic, is the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) which was signed in 1995 and came into force in 1999.
At the regional level, the Kyrgyz Republic is one of the EU partners within the European Union and Central Asia: Strategy for a New Partnership . In June 2008, the European Council and the European Commission published their Joint Progress Report on the implementation of the EU Central Asia Strategy .
Following the political developments in Kyrgyzstan in April 2010, the European Union called on all political actors to concentrate their efforts to put a fully legitimate government in place, to finalise the draft constitution, bring it to popular vote in a referendum and, on its basis, hold fair and transparent elections, through which the Kyrgyz people will determine its new leadership, and expressed its readiness to fully support the Kyrgyz Republic in this process (Statement by High Representative Catherine Ashton on Kyrgyzstan )