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.
The strategy is supported by a significant increase in EU assistance.
Since 2007 the EU and the Central Asian countries have reaffirmed their commitment to the strategy, and implementation is well under way. The EU last assessed the advances made in its June 2012 progress report, which confirmed the continuing relevance of both its strategy and the priority areas for cooperation. It also acknowledged that the region faces new and growing challenges – especially in Afghanistan - and that security issues have come to the fore in relations with the EU.