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2 November 2016

FIFTH EU-CENTRAL ASIAN RULE OF LAW MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE POSTPONED TO 2017

The Fifth EU-Central Asian Rule of Law Ministerial Conference will be one of a series of conferences held every two years since 2008, through which high-level political dialogue is maintained within the framework of the EU Strategy for a New Partnership with Central Asia. Meetings bring together the European Commission, the EU Presidency, EU Member States, and the Central Asian partner countries to review policy developments related to legal and judicial reform.

It is proposed that the Fifth Ministerial Conference should concentrate primarily on two main topics, economic governance and administrative law. These two topics, along with judicial reform, have been evoking most interest from the Central Asian states recently. Codes on Administrative Procedure and Administrative Law are being enacted this year in the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan while administrative law reform is gathering momentum in other countries. As to economic governance, individual countries are keen to pursue particular sub-topics (public-private partnerships, corporate governance, etc.), but all share an interest in international arbitration, the legal framework for investment, and other issues. Of the Platform Agenda’s five core topics, constitutional law and criminal law and procedure —and the ever-popular topic of judicial reform—may also be considered at the Conference.

The Conference’s joint communiqué is to provide a roadmap focused on the two main topics, incorporating both benchmarks and concrete and achievable steps for all CA countries.