Baku to host next round of EU-Azerbaijan visa facilitation negotiations soon
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept.25 / Trend, A.Badalova /
The next round of negotiations on visa regime facilitation between the EU and Azerbaijan will take place very soon in Baku, probably early November, head of the EU Office in Baku, Roland Kobia told journalists on Tuesday.
"The negotiations on visa facilitation regime between the EU and Azerbaijan are progressing," Kobia said. "We have had a few rounds of negotiations already. And we will continue to discuss both visa facilitation and readmission agreements," he added.
He said the teams are working very hardly and the EU hopes to see the progress very soon. Kobia said concrete decisions depend on the negotiations.
"If Azerbaijan wants to do everything that is needed to get this visa facilitation, it can be very quick," he said.
Agreement on the simplification of visa entry for citizens of Azerbaijan provides for a reduction of the list of documents submitted along with the application for a visa and the ability to issue multiple entry visas with a longer validity period thus reducing the cost of visas for particular categories and to establish time limits for processing an application.
The agreement on readmission will in turn, develop a mechanism for repatriation of those residing in the EU and Azerbaijan without permission.
Relations between the EU and Azerbaijan are being carried out under the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement which was signed in 1996 and came into force in 1999. In 2009, the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the EU Commission issued a mandate to start negotiations on the conclusion of bilateral association agreements of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia with the EU. These agreements will be a new practical instrument to replace the bilateral action plans.