In many areas of social life and public administration the countries of Central Asia face challenges of the same nature due to their geographical proximity, shared history and often similar social, economic and political conditions. These commonalities justify and necessitate the establishment of the regional dimension of the Rule of Law Programme and conducting regional activities addressing these common challenges.

The regional initiatives provide excellent opportunities for networking among officials and professionals working in the same fields in different countries and for sharing best practices adopted across the region. In the activities relating to exploring new areas of work and/or joining the existing work formats of the Council of Europe the regional approach might also answer the purpose.

The regional dimension is truly indispensable when it comes to negotiating, establishing and implementing regional mechanisms to address cross-border issues or to conducting risk assessment on the regional level.

Country-specific actions that aim at addressing specific governance issues based in individual country needs complement the regional approach.

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