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International Partnerships


Our priorities

The Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA) between the European Union and Kazakhstan entered into force on 1 March 2020 and is the legal basis for EU-Kazakhstan relations, providing a broad framework for reinforced political dialogue, comprehensive sectoral cooperation, and promoting mutual trade and investment.

This new agreement, the first of its kind signed by the EU with one of its Central Asian partners, enables concrete cooperation in 29 other key policy areas, such as justice and home affairs; economic and financial cooperation; energy and transport; environment and climate change; employment and social affairs; and culture, education and research.

Our programmes

To support the implementation of the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, a bilateral Cooperation Facility of €9 million for 2021-2024 has been established, including capacity development and institution building activities, support for policy dialogues leading to policy reforms, and communication activities.

The Cooperation Facility focuses on 2 priority areas

  • sustainable economic growth to promote a more diverse, green and circular economy, with emphasis on women and youth-led micro-small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs)
  • rule of law to strengthen the existing legal framework and institutions

The Cooperation Facility is complemented by projects supported by the European Fund for Sustainable Development Plus (EFSD+) to facilitate investments from European financial institutions, through a combination of grants and loans and a guarantee system.

Bilateral cooperation between the EU and Kazakhstan is also supported by the Democracy and Human Rights Programme and the Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities Programme. The aim is to strengthen civil society organisations and their role as local governance and accountability actors, and as promoters of inclusive and sustainable growth.

Under the regional programme 2021-2027, the EU will also continue to support Kazakhstan in key sectors, such as digitalisation, climate change, water and energy, private sector development, trade, border management and rule of law.


8 MARCH 2022
Multiannual Indicative Programme 2021-2027 for Kazakhstan – annex
(794.34 KB - PDF)
16 DECEMBER 2021
Multiannual action plan 2022-2023 for Kazakhstan
(836.51 KB - ZIP)
Addendum 2022 to the multiannual action plan 2022-2023 for Kazakhstan
(129.45 KB - ZIP)