By Abdul Kerimkhanov The European Council has approved a new strategy for the development of relations with Central Asia, which expresses the readiness of the EU to conclude and implement agreements on expanded partnership with the countries of the region. The Council welcomes the strengthening of relations between the EU and Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan since the adoption of the first EU strategy for Central Asia in 2007, the EU Council said in a message. The new strategy focuses on promoting resilience, prosperity, and regional cooperation in Central Asia. The Council underlined its commitment to conclude and implement ambitious and mutually beneficial Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreements (EPCAs) with the interested countries of the region. These agreements remain a cornerstone of the EU's engagement with Central Asia. The Council noted that the scope of the EU’s relations is linked to the readiness of individual Central Asian … [Read more...] about European Council approves new strategy on Central Asia
The Council of the EU adopted on 17 June a new EU policy framework in the region that focuses on promoting resilience, prosperity and regional cooperation in Central Asia, and welcomed the strengthening of relations between the EU and Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan since the adoption of the first EU strategy for Central Asia in 2007. Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Google+Share on LinkedIn+ … [Read more...] about Council updates strategy for Central Asia
Trade between Central Asia and Europe has increased modestly since 2007, when the European Union launched its first strategy for the five post-Soviet republics. From 2007 to 2018, turnover grew from $31.5 billion to $36.5 billion, according to IMF data. So it is striking that the EU’s new Central Asia strategy, released on May 15, is even less ambitious this time around. While China is reworking Central Asia’s landscape through massive investment in transport and energy infrastructure (the famed Belt and Road Initiative), and has eclipsed Europe to become the region’s largest trading partner, it’s almost like Brussels is throwing in the towel. Certainly the EU – the world's largest economy – remains an important economic partner for Central Asian countries, both in terms of trade and as an investor. But when comparing the size of the EU’s economy with China’s and Russia’s, the EU’s plans for Central Asia seem timid. … [Read more...] about The EU’s new Central Asia strategy: What does it mean for trade?
European Council President Donald Tusk did a tour of three Central Asia countries last week, including Tajikistan, where the melting Pamir Glaciers illustrate the impact of climate change and the difficulties of water management in this part of the world. Tusk visited Tajikistan on 30 May, Kazakhstan on 31 May and Uzbekistan on 1 June. The visit comes two weeks after the Commission tabled its new strategy for the region, setting out a fresh vision for a stronger partnership with the five countries of Central Asia: Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan; Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Kazakhstan welcomes the EU’s new vision for a stronger partnership with Central Asia, particularly as it took into account the country’s proposals, its deputy foreign minister told EURACTIV and called the document, due to be adopted next month, “visionary”. An important element of this strategy, which is expected to be adopted at the ministerial level this month, is water … [Read more...] about Tusk tests the waters in Central Asia
The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy adopted the new Joint Communication, that sets out a fresh vision for a stronger partnership with the five countries of Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. It proposes to focus future EU engagement on partnering for resilience and for prosperity. In addition, the EU is determined to invest in regional cooperation in Central Asia, helping the countries of the region to promote dialogue and cooperation at their own pace.Federica Mogherini, together with International Cooperation and Development Commissioner Neven Mimica, intends to present formally the new EU Strategy on Central Asia to her Central Asian counterparts at the 15th EU-Central Asia Ministerial meeting, which will take place on 7 July in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Google+Share on LinkedIn+ … [Read more...] about New Strategy for a stronger partnership with Central Asia