EU relations with Turkmenistan

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  • 15/09/2014
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    The European Union and Turkmenistan held the sixth round of their Human Rights Dialogue
    in Brussels today.
    The Turkmen delegation was led by Mr Vepa Hajiyev, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and
    included senior officials from the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Interior and the National
    Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, and the chairperson of the parliamentary
    committee on the protection of human rights. The EU delegation was led by Ms Elisabeth
    Tison, Head of the Human Rights Strategy and Policy Implementation Division in the
    European External Action Service.

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  • 09/04/2014
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  • 20/11/2013
    EU announces future commitments for development with Central Asia Region

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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 for development in the country 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).

 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.

EU assistance to Turkmenistan in the coming programming period of 2014-2020 focuses on human capital development, notably education and vocational training.

Turkmenistan participates in several ongoing regional, thematic and bilateral programmes.

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