European Union External Action

Central Asia

17/05/2016 - 17:42
EU relations with Region

Building a common area of shared democracy, prosperity, stability and increased cooperation with in its neighbourhood is a top priority for the EU. To this end the EU has built a close partnership with six countries to its East, with both bilateral and multilateral dimensions. Cooperative relations with Russia, the EU’s largest neighbour and a key regional and global player, are also critical for the EU.

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan are part of Central Asia.

EU relations with these countries have developed further since the European Council adopted The EU and Central Asia: Strategy for a New Partnership in June 2007. This strategy has strengthened ties in all areas through:

  • political dialogue - regular meetings of EU & Central Asian foreign ministers
  • dialogue on human rights 
  • cooperation on:
    • education
    • the rule of law
    • energy & transport
    • environment & water
    • threats & challenges that affect both sides (including border management & combating drug trafficking)
    • trade & economic relations.
The strategy is supported by a significant increase in EU assistance.

Ten years after the adoption of the first Central Asia Strategy, the European Union and its Member States reaffirmed (in Council Conclusions of June 2017) their commitment to develop a strong and durable relationship, based on joint ownership and aimed at fostering the peaceful, prosperous, sustainable and stable socio-economic development of the Central Asian region in line with the EU Global Strategy and the joint commitment to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
 

The European External Action Service has 4 delegations in Central Asia, in Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz RepublicTajikistan and Uzbekistan respectively. It also has a chargé d'affaires for Turkmenistan, while the European Commission has a regional office for humanitarian aid and civil protection in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

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