EU Strategy Report

The Eurasian Council on Foreign Affairs announced the publication of a report on the EU’s new strategy for Central Asia at a press conference at Cliveden House, Berkshire, at 10.30 am on Wednesday 5th December, on occasion of the Fifth Annual Meeting of the ECFA’s influential Advisory Council.

The report, which is the synthesis of expert contributions from fifteen international institutions including the United Nations, the EBRD and several universities, contains a chapter of conclusions and recommendations aimed at informing the European External Action Service as it considers its new Strategy for Central Asia covering the period 2020 – 2027.  The EU will be announcing its new approach to this increasingly important region in the first half of 2019 and the ECFA hopes to play an increasingly influential role in seeking to deepen economic and institutional ties between European countries and the states of Central Asia.

The European Union’s Strategy for Central Asia 2020 – 2027: A Review of Past Achievements and Recommendations for the Next Stage

List of Contributors (in alphabetical order, with link to contribution in full):

  1. Cambridge Central Asia ForumDr. Siddarth Saxena, Chairman and CoI to the GCRF COMPASS project (ES/P010849/1)
  2. The Embassy of the Republic of Tajikistan to Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Mission to the EU and NATOMr. B. Mirzoaliev, Acting Chargé d’Affaires
  3. European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) – Mr. Hans Holzhacker, Regional Lead Economist for Central Asia, and Ms. Natasha Khanjenkova, Managing Director for Central Asia and Russia
  4. EU Special Programme BOMCA (Border Management Programme in Central Asia)Mr. Raitis Tiliks, Regional Manager in Central Asia
  5. Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of AustriaMrs. Katharina Wieser, Director for Eastern Europe, South Caucasus, Central Asia, Eastern Partnership
  6. Global Europe Centre, University of Kent Professor Elena Korosteleva, Professor of International Politics and PI to the GCRF COMPASS project (ES/P010849/1)
  7. Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP), Foundation of the First President of the Republic of KazakhstanMr. Yerzhan Saltybayev, Director
  8. International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)Mr. Gurbuz Gonul, Acting Director of Country Support and Partnerships 
  9. Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS)Dr. Gerhard Wahlers, Deputy Secretary General, Department Head, European and International Cooperation
  10. London School of Economics (LSE) Dr. Jonathan Liebenau, Associate Professor (co-author: Heejin Lee, PhD, Yonsei University, Seoul)
  11. Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak RepublicMichal Slivovič, M.A., Director, Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia Department
  12. National Institute for Strategic Studies (NISS) of the Kyrgyz RepublicDr. Azamat Dikambaev, Director (NB: Russian-language only)
  13. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)Mr. Andreas Schaal, Director of OECD Global Relations
  14. Sussex Asia Centre, University of Sussex Prof. Magnus Marsden, Director
  15. United Nations (UN) Ms. Natalia Gherman, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Central Asia
  16. UN Environment Programme (UNEP) – Ms. Nara Luvsan, Head of Central Asia Office