European parliamentarians: Dialogue with Kazakhstan has never been so transparent and constructive
BRUSSELS, Regular 16th session of the Parliamentary Cooperation Committee of the “Republic of Kazakhstan – the European Union” was held in a spirit of constructive dialogue and an open exchange of views on bilateral cooperation in political, economic and humanitarian spheres.
Kazakhstan delegation consisting of representatives of the Senate and the Majilis, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the General Prosecutor’s Office was headed by Chairman of the Committee for International Affairs, Defense and Security Mukhtar Erman; The European delegation was headed by Iveta Grigule – the Chairman of the Delegation of the European Parliament (EP) on Cooperation with Central Asia and Mongolia – Peters (Latvia).
Prior to the Committee’s meeting, the Kazakh delegation was welcomed by EP Vice President Pavel Telichka (Czechia) on behalf of the President of the European Parliament, Mr. Antonio Tayeani. P. The telegraph highly appraised Kazakhstan’s contribution to the strengthening of stability in the region and the world, expressing strong commitment of the European Parliament to expand cooperation with Kazakhstan.
During the meeting, the parties noted that a great work has been done to implement the agreements reached since the last session of the Committee in Astana in 2018 and the Parliamentary Cooperation Committee became an effective platform for discussion.
The agenda of the meeting covered issues of cooperation in education, environment and water resources, regional security, combating terrorism and extremism, rule of law and human rights.
M. In his speech Yermen noted that the largest trade, economic and investment partner of our country is one of the strategic vectors of foreign policy of Kazakhstan with the European Union.
The Extended Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between Kazakhstan and the European Union and its member states signed on December 21, 2015 reflects qualitatively new relationships and opens up a new horizons of cooperation. In this regard, it was emphasized the importance of accelerating ratification by the other three states of the Accession Convention so that the Agreement could come into force.
Kazakhstan and European parliamentarians discussed the concept of a new EU strategy for Central Asia. Representative of the European External Action Service, Boris Yaroshevich, noted that this will be a comprehensive document for 10 years and the development will be completed on May 15 this year. It was noted that the purpose of the new Strategy is to “deepen interregional cooperation aimed at the sustainable development and welfare of Central Asian peoples”.
In addition, the parties welcomed the launch of a joint program to train Afghan girls in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in September 2019. This should be one of the best examples of inter-regional fruitful cooperation and Brussels allocates 2 million euros for the implementation of the program.
The European side emphasized Kazakhstan’s contribution to the settlement of the Syrian crisis in the Astana process. EP deputy Andrei Mamykins (Latvia) noted that Kazakh diplomats directly assisted the dialogue between the Syrian government and armed Syrian opposition.
Deputy Foreign Minister Roman Vasilenko pointed out that the Kazakh side has set itself the task “to provide the most favorable conditions for such a dialogue and to become an effective supporter of the Geneva talks in the capital.” The next stage of the talks on strengthening the stall prevention regime and other practical issues is scheduled for February this year.
In this regard, Senator Byrganym Aitimova told about the special operation “Zhusan”, which resulted in the successful evacuation of 47 Kazakhstan citizens from Syria.
During the meeting, the sides exchanged views on protection and promotion of human rights and freedoms in Kazakhstan. The Kazakh delegation informed about the latest developments in this area. The European side affirmed its legislative initiatives to reform Kazakhstan’s judicial system.
Euro-caliber Helga Stevens (Belgium) noted that Kazakhstan and the European Union are working hard to protect the rights of people with disabilities. The legal framework for interaction was the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and our country has assumed a commitment to implement relevant international standards and ratified it for three years.
The parliamentarians also discussed the main provisions of the Convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea, the problems of the Aral Sea, the development of renewable energy sources and so on. p. discussed issues.
This meeting of the Parliamentary Cooperation Committee “The Republic of Kazakhstan – the European Union” was the final European Parliamentary Elections for the European Parliament which will be held on May 23-26, 2019.
Source: MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN