EU envoy talks priorities of co-op with Azerbaijan (UPDATE)
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Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 12
The EU is interested in intensifying the cooperation with Azerbaijan, Malena Mard, the European Union's ambassador to Azerbaijan, told reporters Feb. 12.
She said the priority areas of cooperation are the development of Azerbaijan's districts, agriculture, and reforms in the sphere of justice.
"The EU is the main trading partner and investor for Azerbaijan," noted the diplomat.
The ambassador added that the EU has delivered the grants worth 75 to 80 million euros to Azerbaijan for these areas.
"At present, we are working on signing of a strategic partnership agreement with Azerbaijan, which will cover such cooperation areas as economy, trade, human rights and democracy," said the ambassador.
Earlier, Azerbaijan's Deputy Foreign Minister Mahmud Mammadguliyev told Trend that Azerbaijan is awaiting a mandate from the EU to start talks on signing of a new strategic partnership agreement with the Union.
"Azerbaijani government presented a new draft agreement to the EU in May 2015 during the Eastern Partnership Riga Summit," he added.
Under the new agreement, it is planned to adjust the Azerbaijani legislation and procedures to the EU's most important trade norms and standards, meant to improve the delivery of Azerbaijani goods to the EU markets.
As of today, the bilateral relations between the EU and Azerbaijan are regulated on the basis of a partnership and cooperation agreement, which was signed in 1996 and came into force in 1999.