Updated at 1515 GMT on 26 July 2016
The President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliev on Tuesday set the 26 September as the date for a referendum to approve constitutional changes, including lenghtening the term of office of the president and creating new posts of First Vice President and Vice Presidents.
The Constitutional Court of Azerbaijan on Monday paved the way for the referendum when it declared that the constitutional changes that were initiated by the president were in line with the Constitution of Azerbaijan.
The session of the Constitutional Court was presided by the Chairman of the Court Judge Farhad Abdullayev.
photo: A session of the Constitutional Court of Azerbaijan on Monday 25 July 2016 approved the text of constitutional changes initiated by the President. (picture courtesy of APA news agency)
"As expected the declaration from the 5th Eastern Partnership summit did not change in any significant way the approach of the EU to the eastern neighbourhood. However the declaration has something for everybody, and there are interesting nuances in the text that can form the basis in the future for the next steps in the EU's engagement with the region", commonspace.eu political editor said in a comment.
Getting the Eastern Neighbourhood right is a key necessity for the future security and prosperity of Europe. The Brussels summit offers an opportunity for important steps on this matter in the right direction – not as an end in themselves but rather as a part of a longer term and more ambitious vision.