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Bilateral relations between Turkmenistan and the European Union are governed by an Interim Trade Agreement (1998), pending ratification of a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) by the EU countries and the European Parliament. A Chargé d'Affaires of the European External Action Service is currently posted in Ashgabat.

The EU and Turkmenistan 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).

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).

EU assistance to Turkmenistan in the period 2014-2020 focuses on human capital development, notably education and vocational training. Current EU projects in Turkmenistan focus 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.

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Turkmenistan also participates in several ongoing regional and thematic programmes.