Brussels discusses 2010 Kazakhstan's OSCE chairmanship

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SSELS.  October 16. KAZINFORM  /Yerzhan Ospanov/ Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kazakhstan to Belgium, head of the Kazakhstan Mission to the EU and NATO Yerik Utembayev held a meeting with the EU Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy Benito Ferrero-Waldner in Brussels.

The parties exchanged views on the oncoming chairmanship of Kazakhstan in the OSCE and further strengthening bilateral political, economic and energy dialogue. As for bilateral partnership the parties emphasized necessity of drafting a new basic agreement on advanced partnership between Kazakhstan and the EU.

According to Utembayev, the relations with the EU take a unique place in foreign policy of Kazakhstan which lays a great emphasis on intensification of our cooperation on the threshold of its forthcoming OSCE chairmanship.

In turn, the EU Commissioner noted that Kazakhstan's presidency in the Organization would provide a good opportunity for modernizing all three dimensions of the OSCE - human, humanitarian and economic ones.

Taking into consideration intensive development of trade-economic ties between Kazakhstan and the EU, the parties highlighted growth of mutual relations and mutual trade turnover despite the global financial crisis. Thus, goods turnover in 2008 rose 9 times compared to 2002 and twofold against 2005. The European Union has been the main trade partner of Kazakhstan for four years.

"Dialogue between business and state plays an important role in creation of favorable conditions for trade transparency", B. Ferrero-Waldner noted and emphasized the EU's interest in further development of mutual understanding of the Kazakh, European business circles.  

As the Kazakh Ambassador noted, the oncoming session of the Kazakh-EU Cooperation Council must focus on implementation of the projects in such spheres as renewable energy sources, ecology, transport, agriculture, science and others.

The parties also discussed possible influence of the institutional changes in the EU as soon as the Lisbon Treaty enters into force. In this context the Ambassador noted that "adoption of the Lisbon Treaty will give fresh impulse to the development of Kazakhstan-EU strategic partnership".

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