The EU wishes to increase its dialogue and cooperation with Turkmenistan, and hopes to strengthen its institutional framework of cooperation with the ratification of the PCA. The entry into force of the PCA would allow for additional dialogue in all sectors and a Cooperation Council at Ministerial level. The visit of European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič to Ashgabat in May 2015, recent travels of President Berdimuhamedov to several EU countries and increasing official and business delegations visiting Turkmenistan signal a strategic interest on both sides to intensify relations. Turkmenistan recently initiated a series of socio-economic reforms and updated numerous laws in line with international standards, notably in the judicial sectors (on Media and on Internet, on Youth Policy, the revised Administrative and Penal Codes, new regulations on NGOs and on the right of Assembly) while allowing the creation of two new political parties. Implementation of these new laws is now a priority of EU-Turkmenistan cooperation.
EU development cooperation focuses notably on capacity-building of the Turkmen publicadministration, further improving public finance management, supporting the development of the private sector and of sustainable energy and agricultural policies. New projects will focus on consolidating the general and professional education systems.