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The Presidential Palace in AshgabatThe Presidential Palace in Ashgabat

Bilateral relations between Turkmenistan and the EU are governed by an Interim Trade Agreement (1998), pending ratification of a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) by the EU member countries and the European Parliament.

The two parties have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of energy  (2008).

Funding is provided by the EU's Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) .

EU assistance to the country focuses on:

  • economic reforms
  • market and regulatory reforms
  • education and capacity building
  • good governance and rule of law
  • promotion of civil society
  • agriculture and rural development.


The EU and Turkmenistan also cooperate in the framework of a regional approach which includes all five Central Asian republics: the EU and Central Asia strategy for a new partnership  (2007).

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Turkmenistan also participates in several ongoing regional and thematic programmes.