A milestone in EU-Azerbaijan relations was reached in Brussels this past July 2018, with the conclusion of negotiations of the EU-Azerbaijan Partnership Priorities. The meeting included the presence of the in the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, and the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev.
The Partnership Priorities have set the joint policy priorities which will guide and enhance the EU-Azerbaijan partnership over the coming years.
The EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini and Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov signed the document. The four main areas of cooperation reflect those identified under the Eastern Partnership framework, namely:
The Partnership Priorities will also provide the policy framework for EU-Azerbaijan financial cooperation for 2018-2020.
“Through the Partnership Priorities, the EU and Azerbaijan renew their commitment to an ambitious and comprehensive agenda. The agenda will reflect the values and principles of the European Neighbourhood Policy, including respect for human rights, democracy, the rule of law, and dialogue with civil society”, stated the communiqué, published by the European External Actions Service.
The Partnership Priorities will now be formally approved by the European Union and Azerbaijan and then adopted.
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