By Amina Nazarli
Negotiations on a new agreement on strategic partnership between Azerbaijan and the European Union will be held in Baku on April 25.
The talks will be held within the framework of the EU delegation’s visit to Baku, the EU office in Azerbaijan told Trend.
The European 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 Azerbaijan in November 2016.
The first meeting on a new agreement between the EU and Azerbaijan was held in Brussels on February 7, 2017.
The new agreement should replace the 1996 partnership and cooperation agreement and should better take account of the shared objectives and challenges the EU and Azerbaijan face today.
The agreement will follow the principles endorsed in the 2015 review of the European Neighborhood Policy and offer a renewed basis for political dialogue and mutually beneficial cooperation between the EU and Azerbaijan.
The new agreement envisages the compliance of Azerbaijan’s legislation and procedures with the EU’s most important international trade norms and standards, which should lead to the improvement of Azerbaijani goods’ access to the EU markets.
Besides, another delegation of the EU will visit Baku on April 27-28 to discuss issues related to the forthcoming Eastern Partnership Summit, which will be held in Brussels in November.