Central Asia, EU discuss cooperation, new strategy

European Union (EU) chair Estonia and the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs organised “10 years of the European Union’s Central Asia strategy: a way forward,” an international conference held Sept. 12.

The desire to further develop and strengthen ties between the EU and Central Asia was evident by the number and level of participants. The event was attended by EU Special Representative for Central Asia Ambassador Peter Burian, German Foreign Ministry State Secretary Markus Ederer and representatives of Central Asian and EU states, the European Commission, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and other groups. Kazakhstan was represented by Deputy Foreign Minister Roman Vassilenko and Deputy Justice Minister Zauresh Baimoldina.

The participants discussed plans to adapt the 10-year-old EU-Central Asia strategy to current conditions considering new geopolitical circumstances and the Central Asian countries’ changing needs. A new strategy is expected to be developed by the end of 2019.