Federica Mogherini, the High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, will on Monday 21 December travel to Astana, Kazakhstan where she will chair the 11th EU-Central Asia Ministerial Meeting and sign the EU-Kazakhstan Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. A number of bilateral meetings will also take place in the margins.
The Ministerial Meeting will bring together Ministers and Deputy Ministers from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, as well as the HRVP. The discussions are expected to focus on the development of overall relations between the EU and Central Asia, regional and international issues of mutual interest across a range of sectors, and combatting common threats and challenges. Press statements are scheduled to take place at 16:20 (local time) in the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Following the Ministerial, the High Representative/Vice-President and her counterpart, Erlan Idrissov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan will sign the European Union – Republic of Kazakhstan Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. The Agreement is expected to enhance EU-Kazakhstan relations in a wide range of sectors, including on political, economic and societal issues. It will replace the existing Partnership and Cooperation Agreement that has been in force since 1999. The HRVP and the Minister will give statements to the media at 18:00.
Photos and footage of both events will be available on Europe by Satellite: http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/ebs/schedule.cfm