The next meeting of the EU-Azerbaijan Co-operation Committee took place in Brussels within the Partnership and Co-operation Agreement. The meeting focused on the interaction between Azerbaijan and European Union in political, economical, humanitarian and other areas, Trend reports with reference to the Economic Development Ministry of Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan was represented at the meeting by the Deputy Foreign Minister, Mahmud Mammadguliyev, to discuss the political aspects of co-operation and by the Deputy Economic Development Minister, Mikayl Jabarov, to discuss economical issues. The delegation included representatives of the Foreign Ministry, Economic Development Ministry, State Customs Committee, State Committee on Management of State Property and Azerbaijani Embassy in Brussels.
The event is held annually in Summer, but due to the continuation of negotiations regarding the European Neighborhood Policy, the Azerbaijan Government had abandoned the meeting until such time as the settlement of the dispute was included in the National Plan. As was reported by Trend previously, the European Union had refused to acknowledge the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan within the document, and therefore the decision was made not to hold the committee meeting until the issue was settled.
The agenda of the meeting for the political block included the development of human rights in the country and the development of democratic institutions. The parties exchanged views on the solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. EU inactively participates in resolving this conflict. However, during the meeting, it was stated that the EU is prepared to actively participate in the settlement of the conflict, the same source told.
The meeting also included economical topics on the macro-economical situation in Azerbaijan and EU and bilateral co-operation with regards to the trade. During the meeting, debates were organized on the National Action Plan within the European Neighborhood Policy. The Plan was proposed to be confirmed at the meeting of the EU-Azerbaijan Co-operation Council on November 14 in Brussels.