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“Kazakhstan-EU” Cooperation Council meeting held in Brussels

by October 4, 2016 Legal

The 15th meeting of Kazakhstan-EU Cooperation Council was held in Brussels on October 4.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, Erlan Idrissov headed the Kazakhstani delegation. His Slovak colleague Miroslav Lajcak led the EU delegation.

This session of the Kazakhstan-EU Cooperation Council was special because the event was held for the first time since signing of the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the European Union opening new perspectives of interaction between the sides.

“This meeting is significant because it is the first session of the Cooperation Council after signing of the new Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. The document embraces 29 areas of cooperation between the EU and Kazakhstan, including trade, commerce and investment cooperation,” Erlan Idrissov noted.

The meeting participants discussed pressing issues of trade and mutual investment, development of energy and transport and ensuring environmental protection.

In addition, the sides exchanged views on political cooperation, including inner reforms, human rights’ protection, the rule of law and counteraction to new threats.

The Head of Kazakh Foreign Affairs Ministry emphasized that the issues touched upon at the session are fully conform to topics Kazakhstan will focus on during its non-permanent membership on the UN Security Council in 2017-2018.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan