New agreement of Kazakhstan on EU partnership does not stipulate creation of free trade zone

Date: 10:09, 12-05-2014.

Astana. May 12. KazTAG - The new expanded agreement of Kazakhstan on partnership with the European Union does not stipulate creation of free trade zone with the European Union, said Aliya Alimbetova, director of department of foreign trade of the Ministry of Economy and Budget Planning.

"We have started the sixth round of negotiations. You know, since 1992 we have been working with the European Union on partnership agreement and cooperation. Currently we are working on expanded partnership and cooperation with the EU. Within the frameworks of this agreement the negotiations are being carried out by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry is responsible for economic and trade blocks," she said.

"Within the frameworks of economic block we are considering cooperation in economic field and we will also consider trade issues, but it is not creation of free trade with EU. It is facilitation of trade procedures, first of all, facilitation of regime on state purchases, but the regime will be facilitated on intellectual property, i.e. mutual things, we have been conducting with the EU since 1992," she added.

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