In recent years, Kazakhstan has actively co-operated with the Council of Europe on a relatively wide range of topics, mostly in the framework of the Neighbourhood Co-operation Priorities for Kazakhstan 2014-2018. Within these Priorities, a large co-operation programme “Support to the Kazakh Authorities in Improving the Quality and Efficiency of the Kazakh Justice System” was implemented. 

Neighbourhood Co-operation Priorities for Kazakhstan 2019-2022 is the latest framework document defining the areas and the objectives of bilateral co-operation. It embraces a more ambitious approach and introduces new areas of co-operation, in particular fight against economic crime, promoting a common legal space and human rights standards, and assistance in the electoral field. The present Central Asia Rule of Law Programme contributes to the achievement of objectives set out in the Priorities.

The country also participates in the European Union/Council of Europe Joint Programme “Support to reforms of electoral legislation and practice and regional Human Rights instruments and mechanisms in countries of Latin America, Central Asia and Mongolia”.