The next round of talks on a new agreement between Azerbaijan and the European Union will be held later this month and are likely to take place in Baku. This was stated by the Head of the European Union delegation to Azerbaijan, Ambassador Malena Mard when she was addressing a conference on EU-Azerbaijan twinning projects on Friday (7 April)
"We are very happy with the visit of President Ilham Aliyev to Brussels which was the start of the negotiation on the new legal basis of cooperation between the EU and Azerbaijan. And we hope within a couple of weeks we will have another meeting," Mard said.
She noted that both sides are very ambitious about this meeting and the experts from Azerbaijan and the EU are very busy preparing for this round of negotiation.
The new agreement should replace the 1996 partnership and cooperation agreement and should better take account of the shared objectives and challenges the EU and Azerbaijan face today.
The agreement will follow the principles endorsed in the 2015 review of the European Neighborhood Policy and offer a renewed basis for political dialogue and mutually beneficial cooperation between the EU and Azerbaijan, Ambassador Mard said.
source: commonspace.eu with agencies
photo: Ambassador Mard, Head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan addressing a conference on EU-Azerbaijan twinning projects in Baku on 7 April 2017 (picture courtesy of azernews)
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