The EU and Central Asia: new opportunities for a stronger partnership

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Series Details JOIN (2019) 9
Publication Date 15/05/2019
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Joint Communication presented in May 2019 by the European Commission and the High Representative for the European Union, which puts forward a new framework strategy for the relations between the European Union (EU) and the countries of Central Asia.

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This Joint Communication - adopted on 15 May 2019 -  aims at forging a deeper partnership between the European Union and the countries of Central Asia, following up on the cooperation developed in the framework of the 2007 EU Strategy on Central Asia. Developments in the region further opened up new opportunities for taking the EU-Central Asia partnership forward. The renewed Strategy builds upon lessons learnt from EU engagement in the region, take into consideration other relevant strategies put forward by the European Union.

The Council of the European Union endorsed this renewed Strategy and adopted a set of conclusions on 17 June. These conclusions complemented the Communication in putting together a renewed framework for the relations between the EU and Central Asia.

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LSE: EUROPP Blog, 05/03/2019: A new great game unfolding: Priorities for a new EU strategy on Central Asia
EurActiv, 31/05/2019: New EU-Central Asia strategy seeks mitigating global risks via close cooperation, says EU ambassador to Kazakhstan
EurActiv, 18/06/2019: The new EU Strategy for Central Asia
EUCAM Watch (No.21), 25/06/2019: New EU Strategy for Central Asia: First reactions
LSE: EUROPP Blog, 26/06/2019: Tiptoeing around the two elephants in the room? Assessing the EU’s new Central Asia Strategy

EurActiv, 24/11/2018: Brussels ministerial paves the way to launching EU Central Asia strategy
RFE/RL, 15/05/2019: European Commission Adopts New Strategy On Central Asia
Astana Times, 17/05/2019: European Commission adopts strategy to deepen relations with Central Asia
RFE/RL, 17/06/2019: EU Foreign Ministers Call For 'Strong Partnership' With Central Asia

Council of the European Union: Press Release, 17/06/2019: Central Asia: Council adopts a new EU strategy for the region

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