During the state visit of the German President to Kazakhstan, the following documents were signed:
The strategic partnership was launched with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the EU and Kazakhstan on a strategic partnership in the fields of raw materials, batteries and renewable hydrogen at COP-27 in Egypt on 7 November 2022 by the President of the European Commission and the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan.
This was the third strategic partnership signed by the Commission following the EU Action Plan on Critical Raw Materials. The MoU ensures the development of a secure and sustainable supply of raw and refined materials. It also aims to develop value chains for renewable hydrogen and batteries to accelerate the green and digital transformation of both parties' economies.
The partnership, based on the existing Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA), focuses on three areas of cooperation:
1. closer economic and industrial integration in strategic value chains for raw materials, batteries and renewable hydrogen by.
- Identifying joint projects along the entire relevant value chain, including processing and mobilising private investment.
- Harmonisation of high environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards.
- Improving upstream and downstream processes and technologies by introducing new technologies and sustainable practices.
2. improving the sustainability of supply chains for raw materials, batteries and renewable hydrogen, including through
- increasing transparency and information on partnership-related investments, operations and exports.
3. closer bilateral cooperation on capacity building, skills, research and innovation on the following topics
- Decarbonisation of the critical commodity value chain, including through the use of renewable energy sources and digitalisation
- Greening and sustainability of mining processes
- Management of industrial mineral waste and recovery of critical raw materials