Kazakhstan is one of the pillars of stability in the Euro-Asian
region. The report provides basic information on Kazakhstan and
takes stock of recent developments in the country. It refers, in
particular, to a series of reforms recently initiated by the authorities
with a view to strengthening democratic governance.
Since 1997, Kazakhstan has co-operated with the Council of
Europe, which it sees as an entry gate to the European political,
legal and cultural space. The report argues for expanding the current
co-operation under the “Neighbourhood Co-operation priorities for
Kazakhstan”, which is currently focused on the reform of the justice
system, to other key areas where the Council of Europe can make
a meaningful contribution.
The report also welcomes Kazakhstan’s interest in joining
Council of Europe conventions and encourages it to step up co-operation
with the Venice Commission. It further calls on the Parliament of
Kazakhstan to make full use of the 2004 co-operation agreement with
the Parliamentary Assembly and to participate more actively in its
work, including at committee level.