Legal Framework

The legal framework for EU-Tajikistan bilateral relations is the Partnership and Co-operation Agreement (PCA) between the European Union and Tajikistan. It was signed in October 2004 and came into force on 1 January 2010.

Pending its ratification, an Interim Agreement on trade and trade-related matters was being implemented since May 2005. The Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) replaces the former legal framework for bilateral relations provided by the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) between the EU and the USSR in 1989, endorsed by Tajikistan by exchange of letter in 1994.

The PCA with Tajikistan is the most recent agreement negotiated with a CIS partner, and it brings EU relations with Tajikistan into line with relations with the other Central Asian countries. Its objectives are to provide a framework for political dialogue; to provide a basis for legislative, economic, social, financial, civil, scientific, industrial, technological and cultural cooperation; to promote trade and investment, in particular in the energy and water sectors, and sustainable economic development; and to support Tajikistan's efforts to consolidate its democracy, to develop its economy and social infrastructure and to achieve transition to a market economy.

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