Past EIAS Roundtable Discussion: “Kazakhstan’s Referendum on Constitutional Amendments – The future of Kazakhstan–EU relations”

Past EIAS Roundtable Discussion: “Kazakhstan’s Referendum on Constitutional Amendments – The future of Kazakhstan–EU relations”

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On 5 June 2022, the people of Kazakhstan cast their vote in the national referendum on Constitutional Amendments. This consists of a first step in the implementation of the political reforms announced in the President’s state-of-the-nation of March 2022. With a voter turnout of 68.44%, of which 77.18% voted in favour of the constitutional amendments, the referendum has provided President Tokayev with a mandate to advance further political reform in Kazakhstan. The referendum introduces amendments to 31 articles and adds two new ones, while proposing amendments to a third of the Constitution overall. Giving the Constitution a “New Dimension” the suggested reforms aim to create a legal framework for a further transition towards a presidential republic, redistribution of a number of existing powers, in addition to strengthening the role and status of the Parliament; increasing citizen’s participation in the country’s governance; and strengthening the mechanisms for the protection of citizens’ rights. Besides discussing the impact of the referendum on the internal dimensions and political reforms to be rolled out in Kazakhstan, this EIAS Roundtable Discussion assessed the future of Kazakhstan-EU relations in a global context. 

Date: Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM (CEST – Brussels time, GMT+2)

Registration: 10:00 – 10:30 AM CEST

Venue: EIAS, Rue de la Loi 26, 1040 Brussels

Programme 

10:00 – 10:30 Registration

10:30 – 10:35 Introduction by the Chair:

Ms Lin Goethals, Director of the European Institute for Asian Studies

10:35 – 12:00 Panel Discussion

Panellists:

H.E. Mr Margulan Baikmukhan, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Kingdom of Belgium and Mission to the EU

Mr Dietmar Krissler, Head of Division for Central Asia, European External Action Service

The Panel Discussion will be followed by an Interactive Q&A session with the audience

12:00 Networking Reception

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Event registration closed.
 

Date And Time

14-06-2022 - 10:30 (CET) to
14-06-2022 - 12:00 (CET)
 

Registration End Date

14-06-2022

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