The Fifth Conference on Rule of Law of the Ministers of Justice of Central Asia and the European Union was organised in the framework of the Rule of Law Initiative under the EU-Central Asia Strategy in close collaboration with France and Germany as the coordinators of the Initiative. The Conference took place on 7 December in Brussels with the support of the European Commission’s Rule of Law Platform project. The Ministerial Conference followed up on the implementation of the Joint Ministerial Declaration adopted in 2014 by the EU-Central Asian Ministers of Justice.
The Ministers took stock of recent development in Access to Justice in Central Asian countries and in the EU, and expressed their interest in improving access to law and justice, notably by providing legal aid, and ensuring the availability of laws and regulations, including by developing and disseminating legal commentaries, the wider availability of legal literature, raising people’s awareness about their rights and increasing public trust in the judicial system, and introducing best practices in providing free legal aid to the individual. (Access to the Press Report of the Fifth Ministerial Conference)