EU strategy for Central Asia: Council adopts conclusions

Council of the EU
  • 19/06/2017
  • 11:05
  • Press release
  • 356/17
  • Foreign affairs & international relations
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10 years after the adoption of the first Central Asia strategy, the Council adopted conclusions on the EU strategy for the region. The Council emphasises that Central Asian countries have become significant partners of the EU and welcomes the progress achieved under partnerships with the EU. The Council reaffirms the EU's commitment to develop stronger relations and highlight the need to strengthen dialogue and cooperation on human rights, education, sustainability as well as on tackling emerging security challenges faced by the Central Asian countries.

EU-Central Asia relations are developed under the EU strategy for Central Asia signed in 2007 and reviewed in 2015. The Council invites the High Representative and the Commission to come forward with a proposal for a new Strategy by the end of 2019 in accordance with the EU Global Strategy.