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New Kazakh leadership: What impact for EU-Kazakhstan relations?


New Kazakh leadership: What impact for EU-Kazakhstan relations?

Following the presidential elections on June 9th, Kazakhstan has a new leader, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. He is the second president to be elected after almost thirty years of uninterrupted rule by Nursultan Nazarbayev, who occupied the position since the fall of the Soviet Union. Nazarbayev stood down in March.

In September, in his first major speech since the elections, Tokayev underlined his political priorities: democratisation, improvement in living standards, cuts in taxes for small businesses, amongst others. Currently, the EU as a whole is the number one investor in Kazakhstan, but the country is also a key partner of China, strategically important for their Belt and Road Initiative. And Kazakhstan continues to maintain strong economic and political ties with Russia.

This new chapter in the Kazakh republic’s history happens in the year of the expected full entry into force of the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA) between Kazakhstan and the EU, which oversees trade and economic relations. The EU continues to look at Kazakhstan as a key contributor to make relations with Central Asia stronger and deeper. In addition to strengthening the foundations for economic success, regional and security issues are also on Kazakhstan’s agenda in the near future.

EURACTIV invites you to this high-level Stakeholder Workshop to discuss the future of EU-Kazakhstan relations and how deeper co-operation can lead to better security, increased economic prosperity and social improvements in the region.

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Boulevard Charlemagne 1, 1041 Brussels

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Roman Vassilenko, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan
Jocelyn Guitton, Policy Coordinator, Central Asia and Russia, DG TRADE, European Commission
Philippe van Amersfoort, Deputy Head of Central Asia Division, European External Action Service (EEAS)
Andris Ameriks MEP, Vice-Chair, DCAS Committee, European Parliament
Samuel Doveri Vesterbye, Managing Director, European Neighbourhood Council


Georgi Gotev, Senior Editor, Global Europe, EURACTIV


9:00 – 9:30 Registration & Welcome coffee
9:30 – 10:00 Opening statements
10:00 – 11:00 Discussion and Q&A


Teresa Dominguez
+32 (0) 2 788 36 93

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