EU Special Representative for South Caucasus to visit Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan.30 / Trend S.Aghayeva /
EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus Philippe Lefort will pay a visit to Azerbaijan on Feb.6 within his trip to the region, EU Baku Office told Trend on Monday.
He will meet with the country's officials and discuss issues of the further cooperation in Baku.
Mr Lefort arrives in Yerevan on Jan.30.
Relations between the EU and Azerbaijan began in 1990 with the launch of the European Commission's support for CIS countries in the framework of the TACIS program.
The EU and Azerbaijan signed a partnership agreement, which became effective in 1999. Cooperation has also been effective within the European Neighborhood Policy, initiated in 2003.
The Eastern Partnership Program is a Polish-Swedish initiative under the EU Neighborhood Policy in May 2008.
"Eastern Partnership" is aimed at political and economic rapprochement of six post-Soviet states - Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus with the European Union. The program does not provide opportunities for EU membership, but also involves facilitating the visa regime, energy cooperation and introduction of free trade zones. There will be carried out projects on student exchange, environmental protection and energy supply.