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Fourth meeting of Azerbaijan-EU subcommittee due in Brussels

03 February 2014 [15:43] - TODAY.AZ
Within the cooperation of Azerbaijan with the EU, Brussels will host the fourth conference of the subcommittee on justice, security, human rights and democracy, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said on Feb.3.

During the meeting that will be held in Brussels on Feb.3 and Feb.4, it is expected to discuss the projects on cooperation and its prospects.

The head of the delegation from the Azerbaijani government is Deputy Foreign Minister Mahmud Mammadguliyev.

During the negotiations it is also planned to discuss the implementation of the joint declaration on migration and mobility signed in December 2013.

The relations between Azerbaijan and EU are based on the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement signed in 1996 in Luxemburg and entered into force in 1999. The foreign ministers of EU countries issued a mandate to the European Commission in 2009 for starting negotiation on signing a bilateral agreement with Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia on association with EU. These agreements will be new practical tools that will replace the bilateral action plans.

Azerbaijan is also included in the EU program on "Eastern Partnership" adopted on the initiative of Poland and Sweden and approved at the EU summit in Brussels in 2008. The goal of the program is the rapprochement between the EU and Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Armenia, Moldova, Georgia, Belarus. The program envisages significant increase in the level of political interaction, large integration of former Soviet republics into EU economy, increasing the volume of financial aid to them and strengthening the energy security.

A visa facilitation agreement was signed between Azerbaijan and EU in EU Vilnius summit in November, 2013.



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