Posted on 28.11.2012 in Azerbaijan, News

EU sees great potential for greater development of ties with Azerbaijan

EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule

The European Union notes the intensification of relations with Azerbaijan. In particular, it is a progress in the negotiations on visa facilitation and readmission agreements and the development of strategic energy cooperation, the EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Stefan Fule has said.

The statement of Fule was distributed by the European Commission on the results of the third meeting of the Sub-Committee of EU-Azerbaijan cooperation on justice, freedom and security in Baku on 19-20 November, the 13th meeting of the Cooperation Committee – 22 November, and Fule’s meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Mahmoud Mammadguliyev.

“We welcome the recent ratification of the bilateral agreement on pipeline Trans-Anatolian  (TANAP). At the same time, we see great potential for the greater development of our relations with Azerbaijan in the framework of the country’s active participation in the Eastern Partnership,” said Fule.

“The ongoing negotiations on the Association Agreement demonstrate an intention to raise bilateral relations to a higher level,” he said.

With regard to cooperation in the sphere of democracy and human rights, the Commissioner pointed out that over the last few months positive steps have been taken in this direction, “and, of course, there is a greater chance of progress”.

Further, the report of the European Commission noted that during the meeting, the sides exchanged views on a number of bilateral and regional issues and emphasized the desirability of further strengthening relations. During the meeting, the Subcommittee discussed the implementation of the Action Plan within the European Neighborhood Policy in law enforcement and migration areas, border management and the fight against organized crime and cooperation on issues of democracy, human rights and good governance.

Participants of the meetings exchanged views on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict as one of the greatest long-running conflicts in the European space.