Eastern Partnership is Good Opportunity for Country’s EU Membership: Head of European Commission’s Baku Office
Azerbaijan, Baku, November 26/ Trend , corr R. Novruzov/ Head of the European Commission in Azerbaijan says Eastern Partnership is a good opportunity for country's membership in EU.
"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 introduced proposals to the EU foreign ministers to create a forum of eastern neighbors - Eastern Partnership. It will be composed of 27 EU states including Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.
"Eastern Partnership itself is expected to become EU member and it concerns countries willing to be admitted to the European Union such as Ukraine and Georgia. But we speak of a period of 20 years as EU is not prepared for new members," Waddams said.
The European Commission has created a new subdivision on Eastern Partnership. The first meeting scheduled for the end of the year is planned to focus on success of Eastern Partnership member states in the process of integration to Europe and key ways of integration will be determined.
"I am very hopeful that subdivision will help countries move towards Europe at faster pace," Waddams said.
Within the organization, talks will be held on cancellation of visas, introducing free trade zones and concluding strategic agreements.
Head of the European Baku Office rejected media reports about Azerbaijan's becoming associated member of the European Union in December.