Azerbaijan and EU agree on partnership priorities

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:

  • Strengthening institutions and good governance. This includes the fight against corruption, public administration reform and capacity building for combating crime and terrorism;
  • Economic development and market opportunities. This includes the sustainable diversification of the economy, support for WTO membership and improving the business and investment environments;
  • Connectivity, energy efficiency, environment and climate action. Building on the successful cooperation on energy connectivity and significant progress made on the Southern Gas Corridor, this includes support for Azerbaijan’s ability to operate as a trade, logistics and transport hub, regulatory assistance, and the sustainable management of resources;
  • Mobility and people-to-people contacts. This includes support to education and human capital and providing more opportunities for EU and Azerbaijani citizens to meet and to share experiences.

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.

 To view more information about the meeting, please click here.