Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 23
By Azad Hasanli – Trend:
Azerbaijan is a strategic partner to the European Union in many ways, Czech Member of the European Parliament Jan Zahradil said.
Zahradil made the remarks at a meeting of the European Parliament's Committee on International Trade in Brussels Jan. 23, where the draft of the EU-Azerbaijan Comprehensive Agreement (CEPA) is being discussed.
As for CEPA, Zahradil said that the document deserves full support.
“Azerbaijan is not in a very easy geographic position [in connection with the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict],” he said. “The country has not always been treated fairly.”
The European Council adopted a mandate for the European Commission and the high representative for foreign affairs and security policy to negotiate, on behalf of the EU and its member states, a comprehensive agreement with Azerbaijan in November 2016.
The new agreement should replace the 1996 partnership and cooperation agreement and should better take account of the shared objectives and challenges the EU and Azerbaijan face today.
The agreement will follow the principles endorsed in the 2015 review of the European Neighborhood Policy and offer a renewed basis for political dialogue and mutually beneficial cooperation between the EU and Azerbaijan.