EU Azerbaijan negotiations in Brussels

Common values are key in EU-Azerbaijan relations

Progress on the political reforms and the respect for rule of law is a central theme in EU-Azerbaijan relations, President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso said following his meeting with Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan in Brussels.

Barroso stressed the critical importance of modernization in the political field, adding: “We believe that the freedom of speech and freedom of assembly are extremely important and must be addressed in the context of our relations”.
Barroso and Aliyev also took stock of the progress in relations, including the launch of negotiations on an Association Agreement a year ago.
The Commission President expressed confidence that the EU and Baku would be able to start negotiations on Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreements this year. President Barroso said he looks “forward to continuing our cooperation and to bringing Azerbaijan and the EU even closer together”, according to the press release, in which  he called Azerbaijan’s victory in the Eurovision Song Contest last month as “a first step in that regard”. (ENPI Info Centre)

Press statements: Van Rompuy – Part 1


Press statements: President of Azerbaijan – Part 2


EU-Azerbaijan Parliamentary Cooperation Committee Co-Chairman Milan Cabrnoh said at a press conference after the meeting that since the 10th session (December 2009) many events have happened in Azerbaijan — the parliamentary elections, Azerbaijan’s representation in Euronest and its Eurovision victory.


Cabrnoch said that Azerbaijan is one of the main partner countries for EU, but not only partner country: “We want to work together with Azerbaijan in the field of energy security and trade. I think that the Nagorno Kartabakh problem must be settled soon, because it is important for the development of entire region. ”