It is a pleasure to welcome you at the website of the Delegation of the European Union to Kazakhstan! This website offers a quick access to all EU news and information about the EU institutions and policies, and it also covers all developments in the EU-Kazakhstan bilateral relations, as well as our Delegation's role and activities.
The EU now has an enhanced role on the world stage, especially after the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty in December 2009 and the establishment of the European External Action Service. These changes enable us to speak with one voice, to better cooperate with our global partners in order to address the challenges in the world we live in.
Kazakhstan and the European Union started their close partnership since the country's independence. On 2 February 1993 the parties signed an agreement that established official diplomatic relations between the EU and Kazakhstan. That was the beginning of a regular political dialogue. Ever since that day our cooperation is expanding and deepening in areas as trade, economy, energy, transport and environment among many others. It is remarkable achievement that today the European Union is Kazakhstan's biggest foreign investor and trading partner. The EU is also investing into projects for youth, in the fields of education, scientific research, and civil society development.
The Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA) signed on 21 December 2015 in Nur-Sultan is the main document framing the EU’s relations with Kazakhstan. The EPCA is in provisional implementation since 1 May 2016 and provides significant boost to economic and political ties between the EU and Kazakhstan and also enhance concrete cooperation in 29 key policy areas, including in the sectors of economic and financial cooperation, energy, transport, environment and climate change, employment and social affairs, culture, education and research.
I hope this website will be a valuable information resource and that it will contribute to strengthening of the EU-Kazakhstan relations. Thank you for your interest in visiting our website, and feel free to contact our Delegation if you have any comments or questions.
Head of the European Union Delegation to Kazakhstan