The EU Strategy for Central Asia, which was first adopted in 2007, embodies the long-term commitment of the European Union to regional and bilateral cooperation with its Central Asian partners. The main goal of the EU Strategy is to increase the resilience of the region as a whole as well as the resilience of individual states. The Strategy foresees a reinforced regular political dialogue at ministerial level and enhanced cooperation in key initiatives: rule of law, education, environment and water. Specific attention is devoted to the region’s security and stability, notably to common threats related to border management and drugs trafficking.
Ten years after the adoption of the first Central Asia Strategy the European Union and its Member States reaffirmed (in June 2017) its commitment to develop a strong and durable relationship, based on joint ownership and aimed at fostering 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.
A renewed EU Strategy towards the Central Asian region will be adopted in 2019 and synchronised with the adoption of the next 2020-2027 multi-annual development assistance budget for the region. The Strategy will be more flexible on how to implement its goals whilst being more focused and result-oriented.