EU-Kazakhstan Cooperation Council, 10 May 2021

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The eighteenth (18th) meeting of the EU-Kazakhstan Cooperation Council was held on 10 May 2021.

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The Cooperation Council confirmed the mutual commitment in further strengthening bilateral relations. It reviewed the progress made in the implementation of EU-Kazakhstan Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA). The EU also welcomed the progress made in the framework of the high-level platform for dialogue between the Kazakhstan Government and the European Union on economic and business matters.

This meeting also provided an opportunity for reinforced political dialogue and addressed issues of good governance, the promotion and protection of human rights, and engagement with civil society. The EU welcomed Kazakhstan’s ratification of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

There was a discussion on the European Parliament's Resolution on Human Rights, and on Kazakhstan's recently announced third stage of political reform aimed at further democratisation of society. The Cooperation Council also welcomed Kazakhstan's Green Agenda. Both sides discussed the latest developments as regards Central Asian regional cooperation.

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