The CoE co-operates with Central Asian countries, in particular Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic. The partnership with the EU is highly valued in this region. Regional activities are complementary to bilateral activities.

Regional activities

The CoE implements several projects in Central Asia. On a regional level, there is a joint programme with the EU implemented by the Venice Commission “Supporting Constitutional Justice, Access to Justice and Electoral Reform in the Countries of Central Asia“, which is also co-financed by Finland. The project covers the period from March 2013 till August 2015 and its budget amounts to 525 000 euros. This regional project also allows implementing bilateral initiatives depending on the request by national authorities. It is a continuation of a previous EU/CoE joint programme “EU-Central Asia Rule of Law initiative” Implemented by the CoE between 2009 and 2011.

Bilateral activities

Bilateral activities are carried out in Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic and should be further developed in the future. In Kazakhstan, the CoE finished the implementation of an EU/CoE joint programme “Supporting educational policies in democratic citizenship and human rights education in Kazakhstan” in 2014. The project’s aim was to accompany the country in its reform efforts in the field of education to democratic citizenship and human rights education following the ratification of the European Cultural Convention. The project covered the period from February 2013 to July 2014 and its budget amounted to 355 000 euros.

The CoE has started the implementation of a new EU/CoE joint programme “Support to the Kazakh authorities in improving the quality and efficiency of the Kazakh justice system”. This projects aims at bringing Kazakhstan closer to European standards in particular in the field of criminal justice. Its budget amounts to ca. 1, 67 million euros and covers a period of three years (July 2014-July 2017).

The Kyrgyz Republic benefits from an EU/CoE joint programme “Support to the Kyrgyz authorities in improving the quality and efficiency of the Kyrgyz Constitutional justice system”. This project of a 500 000 euros budget covers the period November 2013-April 2015. It is fully in continuity with a previous joint programme “Assistance to the authorities in reforming the legislation of Kyrgyzstan following the constitutional referendum of 27 June 2010”.