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Kazakhstan has been cooperating with the Council of Europe (CoE) and its agencies since 1997.
Not being a member of the Council of Europe, the Republic of Kazakhstan has the opportunity to participate in its enlarged partial agreements that allow
non-member states and international organizations to work together with the CoE member states on issues of particular interest.
At present, there are 13 partial agreements of the Council of Europe, Kazakhstan currently participates only in one of them:
1.European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission), Kazakhstan has been a participant since March 2012;
2.The Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), application for participation of Kazakhstan was filed in July 2013;
3.The Council of Europe Development Bank;
4.Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field;
5.European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare;
6.Co-operation Group for the Prevention of, Protection Against, and Organisation of Relief in Major Natural and Technological Disasters (EUR-OPA);
7.European Cinema Support Fund (EURIMAGES);
8.Co-operation Group to Combat Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Drugs (Pompidou Group);
9.European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity (North/South Centre);
10.Partial agreement «Youth Card»;
11.European Audiovisual Observatory;
12.European Centre for Modern Languages;
13.Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS).
On December 19, 2013 Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Belgium A. Khamzaev and CoE Representative in Brussels T.Froissnes signed the Joint Declaration on expanding cooperation between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Council of Europe, which officially announced the adoption of the Action Plan - Neighborhood Co-operation Priorities for Kazakhstan: Cooperation Activities on Council of Europe's Conventions in Criminal Matters which was successfully implemented in July 2018.
Since the beginning of the implementation of the cooperation priorities, Kazakhstan has acceded to three legal documents of the Council of Europe in the field of criminal justice, namely Conventions Nos. 141 (Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime),
127 (Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters) and its Protocol No. 208 (Protocol amending the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters). In this way, Kazakhstan strengthens its commitment to more active participation in international cooperation in criminal matters and harmonizes its criminal justice legislation with European norms.
In 2018, Kazakhstan gained an observer status in the Council of Europe European Commission for the efficiency of justice (CEPEJ) and the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE).
Along with this, according to Resolution No. 144 of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated February 27, 2010, Kazakhstan joined the European Cultural Convention of December 19, 1954.
Cooperation with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
In 2004, Kazakhstan and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) signed an agreement on cooperation. Delegations of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan on a regular basis participate in the PACE plenary sessions in Strasbourg (4 times a year) and during visiting sessions.
In March 2016, PACE sent its observation mission for the early elections to the Mazhilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan consisting
of 11 members of the Assembly from five political groups led by the Spanish MP, the chairman of the political group «Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe in PACE» J.Xucla. Following the election observation, representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly prepared a positive feedback.
On November 24, 2017, the meeting of the Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe approved the report «Relations of the Council of Europe with Kazakhstan» prepared by German MP A.Fischer.
As a result, European MPs noted the role of Kazakhstan on the world stage as one of the guarantors of stability in the Euro-Asian region and stressed the need to develop relations between the Council of Europe and the Republic of Kazakhstan.