Wolfgang Jon: Рђzerbaijan must have developed democratic institutions for further integration into European structures
Рђzerbaijan must have developed democratic institutions for further integration into the European structures and in this respect the forthcoming parliamentary elections are the priority, Doctor Wolfgang Jon, Friedrich Naumann foundation program director for the South Caucasus stated on 3 November during the workshop вЂњAzerbaijan in the direction of Europe: opportunities and perspectivesвЂќ, Trend reports.
В"The 6 November elections will define the further way of the countryвЂ™s democratic development and identify the perspectives of cooperation with the European Union (EU)вЂќ, Jon said, stressing, that the Euro-integration process supposes fulfillment of important commitments.
В"It is rather a difficult process. Difficult not only for Azerbaijan, but also for the European UnionвЂќ, the foundationвЂ™s spokesman said, noting, there are a lot of people in EU, which are not aware of the importance of the EU expansion, particularly, implementation of the вЂњGood Neighborhood PolicyвЂќ program. According to him,Europe experienced two times in its newest history the process of expansion: in 1945 and 1990.
As Jon noted, for speeding up the AzerbaijanвЂ™s integration into the European community liberalization of the market and setting up of free informational exchange need to be emphasized.
As for the implementation of the Friedrich NaumannвЂ™s programs in the South Caucasus region, the program director said, the institution he represents aims its efforts in two directions: development of political maturity of the youth and creating the atmosphere of a dialogue for settlement of the regional conflicts: Nagorno-Karabakh and Abkhazian.
В"Since 1998 the foundation intensified its efforts for rapprochement of peoples of Azerbaijan and ArmeniaвЂќ, Wolfgang Jon noted.