Europe Willing to Move Closer to Eastern Neighbors: Head of European Commission Office in Azerbaijan

Politics Materials 12 November 2008 13:07 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, November 12/ Trend / The Eastern Partnership will be an incentive for Azerbaijan to actively integrate to Europe, Alan Waddams, head of the European Commission Office in Baku, said.

On May 26, Poland and Sweden proposed foreign ministers of the European Union to set up a single forum for eastern neighbors - Eastern Partnership. The Forum will consist of 27 EU member states as well as Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The European Commission has formed a new division for Eastern Partnership. "The division has been set up so that to make these countries more active in moving closer to Europe," Waddams said to Trend .

The success of Eastern Partnership member states in integration to Europe will be discussed during the first meeting of a division to be held at the end of the year. The meeting will also focus on major ways of integration. "I hope the division will help countries to move towards Europe at a faster pace," Waddams noted.

The talks on cancellation of visas, introducing zones of free trade and signing of strategic agreements will be held within the organization.

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