Eighth meeting of the Cooperation Council between the European Union and Kazakhstan. Eighth meeting of the Cooperation Council between the European Union and Kazakhstan … // … The Cooperation Council discussed the candidacy of Kazakhstan for the Chairmanship of the OSCE in 2009. It took note of the EU’s position, namely the need for any Chair to comply with the OSCE’s undertakings and standards, including those concerning the human dimension. It took note of the EU’s intention to reach a decision on this issue by the end of this year. In this context, the EU underlined the need for Kazakhstan to make progress in crucial areas such as the freedom of the media and the ability of political parties to operate freely, and it emphasised the need for Kazakhstan to follow the path of democratic reforms and full respect of individual Human Rights.
The Cooperation Council underlined the continued engagement of Kazakhstan to enhance regional cooperation, welcoming this crucial role which benefits conflict prevention and economic development. The Cooperation Council discussed the growing problem of illegal immigration to Kazakhstan, and recalled the EU’s offer of assistance to Kazakhstan in border management issues … // … It underlined that enhancing the transport of Kazakhstan’s energy resources to the EU is a common priority of both sides. It noted progress in co-operation in a large range of areas, and discussed further evolution in these fields, which include oil pipeline projects that will enhance EU security of supply, the diversification of natural gas export routes, nuclear energy, civil aviation and water resource management.
The Cooperation Council discussed the possibility of a concluding a new bilateral steel agreement, pending Kazakhstan’s accession to the WTO … (Read the whole article on the english voltairenet.org).