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European Union (EU) assistance in general and to Central Asia in particular is a complicated, many sided and fairly opaque business. Over a seven-year period, 719 million Euros were to be set aside for assistance to the region through the new EU Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI). This EUCAM working paper aims to shed light on EU assistance. It addresses the ‘what’, ‘where’ and ‘how’ of EU assistance to Central Asian republics. The ‘why’ question is beyond the scope of this paper, but stands central in many other EUCAM publications. The paper concludes with recommendations that apply to EU assistance over the medium and long terms.

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