The European Union congratulates the Republic of Kazakhstan on the 25th anniversary of its declaration of national independence.
The European Union has strongly supported the transformation processes in Kazakhstan and will continue to do so, for the benefit of the people of Kazakhstan. We are committed to a long-term relationship for the development, stability and security of the country on the basis of our Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement and the EU's Central Asia Strategy. We wish the country well in its hosting of the Expo 2017 next year.
The EU-Kazakhstan Cooperation Council, held on 4 October in Brussels, was the first held after the signature of the EPCA and provided an opportunity to review the provisional implementation of the Agreement, as well as to strengthen our bilateral relations across all areas. Kazakhstan's upcoming membership of the United Nations Security Council will enable us to further strengthen our joint work in multilateral fora, and to enhance our dialogue on issues of regional and global security.