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The Central Asia Rule of Law Programme (2020-2023) is a co-operation initiative based on the partnership between the European Union, Council of Europe and the authorities of the Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan).

The Programme aims to reinforce human rights, rule of law and democracy in Central Asian countries in accordance with European and other international standards by offering assistance to reform processes, based on a demand-driven approach. The Programme consists of three main actions (projects):

  1. Facilitating the creation of a common legal space between Europe and Central Asia and enhancing human rights protection;
  2. Promoting transparency and action against economic crime;
  3. Promote efficient functioning of state institutions and public administration.

The Programme actions follow a human rights approach and take into account cross-cutting issues such as non-discrimination, gender mainstreaming, and, depending on the nature of the activities, ensure the inclusive involvement of civil society in their implementation.

The present Programme is a part of long-standing co-operation between the EU and Council of Europe and is in line with Council of Europe policy towards neighbouring regions and the EU strategy for Central Asia.