1 June 2017, Astana. On 31 May 2017 in the framework of the Europe Day celebration, a European Union Projects Fair and a European classical music concert were held in Astana. The annual event aimed to promote European values and to present the numerous projects and initiatives that are implemented in Kazakhstan with funding from the European Union.
Project 60 Support to the EU CBRN Center of Excellence for Eastern and Central Africa in Nuclear Security took part in the Projects Fair, as one of the EU-funded projects implemented by the International Science and Technology Center. The Project 60 team welcomed at the ISTC stand colleagues, guests and friends who were curious to learn more about the activities, managed from Astana and taking place in Africa. Leaflets, posters and banners of the project were displayed together with briefs about the upcoming Regional Radiological Emergency Response Exercise “SUNKAR”. The presentation of Project 60 at the Europe Projects Fair took place less than two weeks prior to the meeting of the Steering Committee of the multi-country initiative on nuclear security.
Ambassador Traian Hristea, Head of the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan, visited the ISTC stand. “This is a significant month”, said Ambassador Hristea, “as recently the EU once more extended its support to the International Science and Technology Center based in Astana and ratified its statuary agreement. As a founder of the ISTC, the European Union has provided continued financial support for the Centre to carry out its core mission of ensuring the non-proliferation. Since 1994 we funded over 900 ISTC research projects involving thousands of scientists in the post-Soviet countries.”
The Europe Projects Fair and the classical concert were attended by government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of the private sector and the civil society, and residents of Astana.