DUSHANBE, July 2, 2013, Asia-Plus – A two-day training workshop on law drafting techniques is concluding in Dushanbe today.

The workshop has been held by the "Rule of Law Platform – Central Asia" project in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of Tajikistan in the framework of the Rule of Law Initiative for Central Asia established by the EU and led by France and Germany.

According to the European Union Delegation to Tajikistan, specialists from Parliament (Majlisi Oli), ministries and government agencies from Tajikistan are participating to this workshop, with the objective of gaining exposure to best European legislative techniques.

Experts from the legislative departments of Ministries of Justice, the Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Finance of France, and from the European Parliament have presented specific aspects of the enactment process of EU Member States, based on the example of bills and other normative acts, including annual budget laws.

The use of perfected law drafting techniques contributes to improving legal certainty and to strengthening the rule of law.  The Rule of Law Platform project is committed to increasing the capacities of democratic institutions of Tajikistan and the other Central Asian States.  The Platform training program aims at strengthening the knowledge of legal and judicial international standards and practices among judicial and legal professionals and civil servants in Central Asia.

Ambassador Eduard Auer, Head of the EU Delegation to Tajikistan is co-chairing the workshop, along with Mr. Rustam Mengliyev, Minister of Justice of Tajikistan.

A key element of the EU-Central Asia Strategy for a New Partnership, the “Rule of Law Initiative for Central Asia” constitutes the overarching regional framework for enhanced cooperation in the Rule of Law area, aimed at supporting legal reforms in Central Asia and the sharing of EU experience.  Under the auspices of the Rule of Law Initiative, the Rule of Law Platform regional project acts as a support mechanism to facilitate policy dialogue and promote the measures contributing to legal reforms in each of the Central Asian countries.  The Platform is being funded by the European Union to the sum of 1.8 million Euro.

This project is funded by the European Union Delegation to Tajikistan.

The European Union is made up of 28 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies.  Together, during a period of enlargement of 50 years, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms.  The European Union is committed to sharing its achievements and its values with countries and peoples beyond its borders.  To this end the EU is active in Tajikistan since 1992 and provides approximately EUR 25 million annually in development assistance.