EU-Azerbaijan relationsEU-Azerbaijan relations
Bruxelles, 06/02/2017 - 15:08
EU relations with Azerbaijan date back to 1991 and are based on the EU-Azerbaijan Partnership and Cooperation Agreement
EU relations with Azerbaijan date back to 1991 and are based on the EU-Azerbaijan Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (in force since 1999), which provides for wide-ranging cooperation in the areas of political dialogue trade, investment, economic matters, legislation and culture. Since then, the European Union has gradually expanded the scope of its cooperation with Azerbaijan. In July 2003 the EU appointed a Special Representative for the South Caucasus. This role, which now includes the crisis in Georgia, has been held by Mr Herbert Salber since July 2014. Since 2004, Azerbaijan has been included (as a southern Caucasus country) in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), and also in the Eastern Partnership initiative since its inception in 2009. A Protocol on Azerbaijan's participation in EU Programmes and Agencies was adopted in July 2016.
On 14 November 2016, the 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 the Republic of 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. Negotiations on the new agreement are to be launched on 7 February 2017, following the visit of President Ilham Aliyev to Brussels on 6 February. The new agreement will follow the principles endorsed in the 2015 review of the European neighbourhood policy and offer a renewed basis for political dialogue and mutually beneficial cooperation between the EU and Azerbaijan.