Entry into Force of the EU-Kazakhstan Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement on 1 March

On 1 March 2020, the European Union-Kazakhstan Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, now ratified by all the EU Member States and the European Parliament, will enter into force. This represents an important milestone in more than 25 years of EU-Kazakhstan relations. High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, said: “Since Kazakhstan became the first country in Central Asia to sign an Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with the European Union, the breadth and depth of our relationship has progressed immeasurably. The European Union is the country’s biggest trade and investment partner, while Kazakhstan is by far the EU’s largest trade partner in Central Asia. What is more, we have invested heavily in strengthening governance, supporting justice, social and economic reforms. We have also increased the number of Kazakh students coming to study and experience Europe through the Erasmus+ programme. With the Agreement now entering into force, we can fully reap its benefits – from joint climate action, to clean energy, sustainable modernisation, to increasing connectivity. We are turning the page and beginning an exciting new chapter.” Find more information on the Delegation of the European Union to Kazakhstan website. The full press release and a factsheet on the Agreement are available online.