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2017/2035(INI) Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Kazakhstan, of the other part

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead AFET JAAKONSAARI Liisa (icon: S&D S&D) KUKAN Eduard (icon: PPE PPE), KARSKI Karol (icon: ECR ECR), PAET Urmas (icon: ALDE ALDE), SCHOLZ Helmut (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), MESZERICS Tamás (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE)
Committee Opinion INTA BORRELLI David (icon: EFDD EFDD) Patrick LE HYARIC (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), Godelieve QUISTHOUDT-ROWOHL (icon: PPE PPE), Joachim STARBATTY (icon: ECR ECR), Hannu TAKKULA (icon: ALDE ALDE)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
RoP 105-p2

Events

2017/12/12
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2017/12/12
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 545 votes to 68, with 39 abstentions, a non-legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Kazakhstan, of the other part.

Kazakhstan is the first Central Asian country to have signed an Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA) with the EU. The agreement sets out a broad spectrum of new areas of cooperation.

Members noted Kazakhstan’s consistent strategy of rapprochement with the EU and stressed the country’s essential contribution to the implementation of the EU-Central Asia strategy, which will undergo a substantial review in 2019.

The EPCA establishes a solid basis for the deepening of relations and Members consider this new-generation agreement to be a good model that could in future also be applied to other countries in the region.

Members reiterated their call on the Council, Commission and the VP/HR to provide for a comprehensive monitoring mechanism between Parliament and the EEAS once the EPCA fully enters into force.

Parliament called on the EU to consistently prioritise in its political dialogue with Kazakhstan, the issues of the rule of law and democracy, fundamental freedoms and human rights .

In general, Kazakhstan is called upon to:

take proactive and concrete steps on political, democratic and social reforms , including a clear separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches, and introducing further checks and balances within the constitutional system; fully implement the recommendations from the OSCE/ODIHR international observation mission to the 20 March 2016 elections according to which the country still has a considerable way to go in meeting its OSCE commitments for democratic elections; avoid restricting the activity of independent candidates; enhance governance and reform, with a truly independent judiciary free from corruption and guaranteeing the right to a fair trial and defence rights, and for greater, more efficient efforts in fighting corruption, organised crime and drug trafficking; step up programmes aimed at strengthening and consolidating the action of independent NGOs; end the judicial persecution, harassment and imprisonment of independent journalists, civil society activists, opposition political figures and other outspoken individuals in retaliation for their exercise of the freedom of expression and other fundamental freedoms; release of all activists and political prisoners currently in jail, as well as for the lifting of restrictions placed on the movements on others; refrain from restricting access to state-critical online and offline media in the country and from abroad; revise its Trade Union Law of 2014 and the Labour Code of 2015 to bring them in line with ILO standards; maintain commitment and play a constructive role on the international scene; Members welcomed in this respect its call for the progressive elimination of armed conflicts by nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament; cooperate to fight violent extremism and terrorism.

For its part, the EU is urged to:

engage in more active energy cooperation and to bolster its dialogue with Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries to strengthen EU energy security; assist Kazakhstan so as to make its economy environmentally friendly and sustainable

Parliament recalled that the EU is the country’s first trade and investment partner and that Kazakhstan is the EU’s main trade partner in Central Asia. It reiterated the importance of greater diversification of its trade with the EU. It welcomed Kazakhstan’s accession to the WTO on 1 January 2016 and stressed that the EU could play an important role in the implementation of the programme to diversify Kazakhstan’s economy which is largely based on the exploitation and export of raw materials and hydrocarbons.

Documents
2017/12/12
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2017/12/11
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2017/10/26
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
Details

The Committee on Foreign Affairs adopted the own-initiative report by Liisa JAAKONSAARI (S&D, FI) containing a motion for a non-legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Kazakhstan, of the other part.

Kazakhstan is the first Central Asian country to have signed an Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA) with the EU. The agreement sets out a broad spectrum of new areas of cooperation.

Members noted Kazakhstan’s consistent strategy of rapprochement with the EU and stressed the country’s essential contribution to the implementation of the EU-Central Asia strategy, which will undergo a substantial review in 2019.

The EPCA establishes a solid basis for the deepening of relations and Members consider this new-generation agreement to be a good model that could in future also be applied to other countries in the region.

Members reiterated their call on the Council, Commission and the VP/HR to provide for a comprehensive monitoring mechanism between Parliament and the EEAS once the EPCA fully enters into force.

In general, Kazakhstan is called upon to:

fully implement the recommendations from the OSCE/ODIHR international observation mission to the 20 March 2016 elections according to which the country still has a considerable way to go in meeting its OSCE commitments for democratic elections; avoid restricting the activity of independent candidates; enhance governance and reform, with a truly independent judiciary free from corruption and guaranteeing the right to a fair trial and defence rights, and for greater, more efficient efforts in fighting corruption, organised crime and drug trafficking; step up programmes aimed at strengthening and consolidating the action of independent NGOs; end the judicial persecution , harassment and imprisonment of independent journalists, civil society activists, opposition political figures and other outspoken individuals in retaliation for their exercise of the freedom of expression and other fundamental freedoms; release of all activists and political prisoners currently in jail, as well as for the lifting of restrictions placed on the movements on others; refrain from restricting access to state-critical online and offline media in the country and from abroad; revise its Trade Union Law of 2014 and the Labour Code of 2015 to bring them in line with ILO standards; eradicate armed conflict through nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament; cooperate on countering violent extremism and fighting against terrorism ;

For its part, the EU is urged to:

engage in more active energy cooperation and to bolster its dialogue with Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries to strengthen EU energy security; assist Kazakhstan so as to make its economy environmentally friendly and sustainable.

Documents
2017/10/10
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2017/09/27
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2017/09/05
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2017/07/13
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2017/07/10
   EP - BORRELLI David (EFDD) appointed as rapporteur in INTA
2016/12/13
   EP - JAAKONSAARI Liisa (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in AFET

Documents

Votes

A8-0335/2017 - Liisa Jaakonsaari - Vote unique 12/12/2017 12:29:13.000

2017/12/12 Outcome: +: 545, -: 68, 0: 39
DE IT PL ES FR RO GB BG CZ BE SE HU AT SK HR PT LT NL FI LV SI DK LU EE MT CY EL IE
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90
62
43
45
66
26
61
16
21
18
17
15
16
12
11
17
10
24
9
8
8
7
6
6
4
5
19
8
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Denmark PPE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg PPE

3

Estonia PPE

For (1)

1

Malta PPE

1

Cyprus PPE

1

Ireland PPE

3
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167

Croatia S&D

2

Netherlands S&D

3

Latvia S&D

1

Slovenia S&D

For (1)

1

Denmark S&D

2

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For (1)

1

Estonia S&D

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1

Malta S&D

3

Cyprus S&D

2
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62

Romania ALDE

Abstain (1)

3

United Kingdom ALDE

1

Austria ALDE

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1

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2

Portugal ALDE

1

Finland ALDE

1

Latvia ALDE

1

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2

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3

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1
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1

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For (1)

1

Bulgaria ECR

2

Czechia ECR

2

Croatia ECR

For (1)

1

Lithuania ECR

1

Netherlands ECR

2
2

Latvia ECR

For (1)

1

Denmark ECR

1

Greece ECR

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Italy Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

United Kingdom Verts/ALE

4

Belgium Verts/ALE

2

Hungary Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Austria Verts/ALE

3

Croatia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

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For (1)

1

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2

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For (1)

1

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1

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1

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For (1)

1

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For (1)

1

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1
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37

Germany EFDD

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1

Czechia EFDD

Against (1)

1

Lithuania EFDD

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1
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16

Germany NI

Against (1)

2

Poland NI

Against (1)

2

France NI

3

United Kingdom NI

For (1)

Against (1)

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3

Hungary NI

For (1)

1
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Italy GUE/NGL

3

United Kingdom GUE/NGL

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1

Sweden GUE/NGL

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1

Portugal GUE/NGL

3

Netherlands GUE/NGL

3

Cyprus GUE/NGL

2
4
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Poland ENF

2

United Kingdom ENF

Against (1)

1

Belgium ENF

Against (1)

1

Austria ENF

3

Netherlands ENF

4
AmendmentsDossier
173 2017/2035(INI)
2017/09/05 AFET 147 amendments...
source: 609.634
2017/09/06 INTA 26 amendments...
source: 609.672

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  • date: 2017-12-11T00:00:00 type: Debate in Parliament body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20171211&type=CRE title: Debate in Parliament
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    • The Committee on Foreign Affairs adopted the own-initiative report by Liisa JAAKONSAARI (S&D, FI) containing a motion for a non-legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Kazakhstan, of the other part.

      Kazakhstan is the first Central Asian country to have signed an Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA) with the EU. The agreement sets out a broad spectrum of new areas of cooperation.

      Members noted Kazakhstan’s consistent strategy of rapprochement with the EU and stressed the country’s essential contribution to the implementation of the EU-Central Asia strategy, which will undergo a substantial review in 2019.

      The EPCA establishes a solid basis for the deepening of relations and Members consider this new-generation agreement to be a good model that could in future also be applied to other countries in the region.

      Members reiterated their call on the Council, Commission and the VP/HR to provide for a comprehensive monitoring mechanism between Parliament and the EEAS once the EPCA fully enters into force.

      In general, Kazakhstan is called upon to:

      • fully implement the recommendations from the OSCE/ODIHR international observation mission to the 20 March 2016 elections according to which the country still has a considerable way to go in meeting its OSCE commitments for democratic elections;
      • avoid restricting the activity of independent candidates;
      • enhance governance and reform, with a truly independent judiciary free from corruption and guaranteeing the right to a fair trial and defence rights, and for greater, more efficient efforts in fighting corruption, organised crime and drug trafficking;
      • step up programmes aimed at strengthening and consolidating the action of independent NGOs;
      • end the judicial persecution, harassment and imprisonment of independent journalists, civil society activists, opposition political figures and other outspoken individuals in retaliation for their exercise of the freedom of expression and other fundamental freedoms;
      • release of all activists and political prisoners currently in jail, as well as for the lifting of restrictions placed on the movements on others;
      • refrain from restricting access to state-critical online and offline media in the country and from abroad;
      • revise its Trade Union Law of 2014 and the Labour Code of 2015 to bring them in line with ILO standards;
      • eradicate armed conflict through nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament;
      • cooperate on countering violent extremism and fighting against terrorism;

      For its part, the EU is urged to:

      • engage in more active energy cooperation and to bolster its dialogue with Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries to strengthen EU energy security;
      • assist Kazakhstan so as to make its economy environmentally friendly and sustainable.
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    • body: EP shadows: group: EPP name: KUKAN Eduard group: ECR name: KARSKI Karol group: ALDE name: PAET Urmas group: GUE/NGL name: SCHOLZ Helmut group: Verts/ALE name: MESZERICS Tamás responsible: True committee: AFET date: 2016-12-13T00:00:00 committee_full: Foreign Affairs rapporteur: group: S&D name: JAAKONSAARI Liisa
    • body: EP responsible: False committee: INTA date: 2017-07-10T00:00:00 committee_full: International Trade rapporteur: group: EFD name: BORRELLI David
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      Kazakhstan
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      See also
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