"EU, Azerbaijan to advance further on new partnership agreement before summit in Brussels"

  31 October 2017    Read: 741
"EU, Azerbaijan to advance further on new partnership agreement before summit in Brussels"

The European Union (EU) and Azerbaijan are expected to advance further in the talks on the next partnership agreement until the Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels, Kestutis Jankauskas, head of the EU delegation to Azerbaijan, told reporters Oct.31.

“The EU is currently negotiating what we call currently, the new enhanced comprehensive agreement. All kinds of issues will be covered in that agreement. Negotiations are ongoing well and intensively. We had a few rounds already in the past and we are looking even for more meetings and video conferences in November before the Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels. So, I think we will advance further until the summit. This will be the foundation for our contacts and cooperation,” he said.

In late 2016, the EU Council adopted a mandate for the European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to negotiate, on behalf of the EU and its member states, a comprehensive agreement with Azerbaijan.

The new agreement should replace the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement and better take account of the shared objectives and challenges the EU and Azerbaijan face today.

The new 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.

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