EU relations with Turkmenistan

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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