On the XXI century global agenda

June 04. Kazpravda

By Yulia Mager

On the XXI century global agendaPresident Nursultan Nazarbayev has met with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, who paid an official visit to Kazakhstan.

The meeting looked at a range of issues, such as the situation in and outlook for political, trade-economic, cultural and humanitarian cooperation and the international agenda, specifically the situation in Central Asia.

– The European Union remains the main foreign economic and political partner to our country over the past years, – N.Nazarbayev underscored at a joint press conference, citing figures: investment of $ 80 billion throughout all these years, $ 53-billion bilateral sales. In addition, Kazakhstan has signed a strategic partnership agreement with the EU members – France, Spain, and it also has an agreement with Germany for the supply of raw materials in exchange for technology. The EU and European companies share in our country’s industrial development.

Commenting on the outcome of the talks, President Nursultan Nazarbayev said that the parties had agreed to speed up the new agreement on advanced partnership and cooperation between Kazakhstan and the European Union. The parties also looked at the visa facilitation for certain categories of our citizens and free flights of our air companies to European countries, assistance from the EU in Kazakhstan’s accession to the World Trade Organization.

– On all these issues we have consensus and support, for which I am grateful to Jos? Manuel Barroso, – Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

In addition, regional security and stability in the region were tried and it was agreed that the Customs Union and the Common Economic Space will not be an obstacle to our trade with third countries, including the EU.

Mr. Barroso hopes that the negotiated new agreement on enhanced partnership and cooperation will open a new lease in Kazakhstan-EU relations. The European Union intends to continue expanding partnership in all mutual interest areas, and the new agreement is expected to lay a sound foundation for it.

Indeed, the EU accounts for about 45% of the country’ sales. And it is in spite of the difficulties in Europe. Barroso said EU supports Kazakhstan’s accession to the WTO and that the parties have agreed on essential elements in the accession terms to the organization. Relevant documents are to be signed on it. They support Kazakhstan’s strategy for economy diversification and development of green economy, – he added.

The EC chairman also praised Kazakhstan’s efforts in regional cooperation in Central Asia, in particular in the joint handling of the problems of extremism, terrorism, drug trafficking and in water resources management.

Finally Barroso thanked Nursultan Nazarbayev for a fruitful dialogue, which will lay the foundation for strong partnerships in the twenty-first century.


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EU lauds energy ties to Kazakhstan


The European Union values Kazakhstan as a strategic partner in the energy sector and stronger ties are expected, the European Commission president said.

EC President Jose Manuel Barroso issued a statement late Monday on the economic partnership with Kazakhstan following his meeting in Astana with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Barroso said Kazakhstan is the largest trading partner with the 27 members of the European Union.

“Kazakhstan is also a strategic energy partner and has been a reliable supplier of oil to the EU over the past decade,” he said. “The upcoming opening of the Kashagan oil field is a symbol of the mutual beneficial relations and investments that we have in this area.”

Kazakhstan hosts the Kashagan oil field, one of the largest in the world, with as much as 16 billion barrels of estimated commercial reserves. The project should launch later this year.

The majority of the $40.3 billion in bilateral trade in 2012 was in the oil and natural gas sector. The International Energy Agency said oil exports from Kazakhstan should more than double by 2035.

Kazakhstan also has a goal of generating 4 percent of its electricity through wind power by 2020 and cut energy consumption by 10 percent of 2008 levels by 2015.

“The EU also has a sustainable growth strategy and there is a lot of potential for cooperation between Kazakhstan and Europe in renewable and energy efficiency areas,” Barroso said.