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EU report: EU and Azerbaijan renew engagement and dialogue

December 21, 2017

A Joint Report on Azerbaijan, released on 20 December by the European External Action Service and the European Commission ahead of the EU-Azerbaijan Cooperation Council,highlighted that the EU and Azerbaijan have renewed their engagement and dialogue. This includes the launch of negotiations on a comprehensive new agreement to modernise and revitalise the EU-Azerbaijan partnership. Azerbaijan has also embarked on an important process to diversify its economy.

The report outlines the details of this process. Covering a three-year period from January 2015 to the present, the report is the first of its kind regarding Azerbaijan under the revised European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), focusing on key developments and reform efforts, particularly in jointly agreed priority areas in the context of Azerbaijan's participation in the Eastern Partnership.

“Since the European Union and Azerbaijan signed our last bilateral agreement – the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement – in 1996, a lot has changed,” EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said: “It is long overdue that the relationship we have on paper reflects the depth and strength of our partnership in reality, as well as giving us a good basis to develop our relationship further in the future.”

“We are making good progress in negotiations for a new agreement. Together we will look for more opportunities for young people to meet and to travel, possibilities for businesses to grow, to protect human rights and to facilitate energy relations, bringing real benefits to our respective citizens,” Mogherini added.

Azerbaijan is an important partner for the European Union, whose independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity the EU supports. The EU is Azerbaijan's single largest economic partner, representing 48.6% of its total trade and providing the largest share of foreign direct investment.

The EU-Azerbaijan Cooperation Council will be held in Brussels on 9 February 2018.

Find out more

Press release

Link to full Joint Report

EU-Azerbaijan relations factsheet

Website of the EU Delegation in Azerbaijan

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