The relations between the EU and Central Asia have developed further since the European Council adopted The EU and Central Asia: Strategy for a New Partnership in June 2007. This strategy has strengthened ties in all areas through political dialogue, dialogues on human rights and cooperation programmes.
The EU last assessed the advances made in its 2015 Council Conclusions, which confirmed the continuing relevance of both its strategy and the priority areas for cooperation. It also acknowledged that the region faces new and growing challenges and that security issues have come to the fore in relations with the EU.
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.
The EU and Turkmenistan have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of energy (2008), to support the information exchange on energy policies, the diversification of transit routes and the promotion of renewables and energy efficiency.
Human rights are an important aspect of our bilateral relations with Turkmenistan. The EU has already held seven meetings of the annual Human Rights Dialogue with Turkmen authorities since 2008, allowing for constructive discussions on sensitive issues related to human rights and democratisation.