EU allocates over 3 million euros for development of new projects in Kazakhstan
The presentation of nine projects funded by the European Union (EU) in Kazakhstan was held in Astana. The total amount of projects is 3.7 million euros, EU allocated 3.15 million euros or 85%, BNews.kz correspondent reports.
Nine new projects funded by EU grants according to the results of the competitions project applications in 2016 under the three thematic programs: "support of the judicial reforms in Kazakhstan; "the European instrument for democracy and human rights; "Non-State objects and local authorities".
Head of EU Delegation to the Republic of Kazakhstan Traian Hristea noted that today's event reflects how significant and comprehensive is the promotion of the European Union in the development of civil society in Kazakhstan.
"As Kazakhstan has reached the status of middle-income countries, since 2014, the bilateral activities under the development of the cooperation instrument do not operate, but the country still has full right to participate in the regional program for the States of Central Asia in 2014-2020 years. EU representation in Kazakhstan carries out several bilateral projects aimed at the transition to the green economy model with EU financing amounting at 7.1 million euros, as well as support for judicial reform, with funding in the amount of 12 million euros", Hristea reports.
It is noted that these projects will contribute to a better life, democracy and human rights, the participation of civil society in policy dialogue at the national and local levels, as well as the strengthening of the rule of law, which corresponds to the challenges of Kazakhstan to implement institutional reforms within 100 concrete steps.
In General, from 1991 to 2014 years in providing direct assistance to Kazakhstan, the EU has funded over 350 projects at 180 million euros.