On 17 June 2019, the Council of the European Union adopted a new EU Strategy for Central Asia. Its main outlines are presented in the Joint Communiqué of the European Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy "The European Union and Central Asia: New Opportunities for Strengthening Partnership".
The new strategy aims at ensuring sustainability, prosperity and regional co-operation in Central Asia. The importance of this document is primarily due to the fact that, despite its geographical remoteness, the European Union has shown great interest in Central Asia and is endeavouring to provide some assistance to its development. It is actively using both bilateral and multilateral formats of co-operation with the countries of the region.
Given the ambiguous processes in world politics that have been taking place since the launch of the first European strategy in Central Asia and that have had a varying degree of influence on the nature, format and results of the EU's multifaceted engagement with the countries of the region, this interaction has become one of the most important subjects of research and discussion among Central Asian and foreign experts.