Azerbaijan, EU eye to expand transportation co-op (PHOTO) (UPDATE)
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Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 30
By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:
The EU and Azerbaijan intend to intensify, expand and deepen cooperation in transportation, Henrik Hololei, the European Commission’s director general for mobility and transport, said at a press conference in Baku Jan. 30.
He said the sides have agreed upon the creation of an ad hoc working group that will hold dialog and discussions on the development of cooperation.
Hololei noted that he visited Azerbaijan in November 2011 and clearly sees how the country developed over past time.
He added that during his last visit, the Azerbaijani government was enthusiastically carrying out a number of projects.
The important Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway project is finished, and the first phase of the Baku International Sea Trade Port is nearing completion, Hololei said.
He also talked about the meetings he held during his visit.
Hololei noted that he held very interesting and fruitful negotiations with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, and also met with Rauf Valiyev, head of Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping CJSC, with whom he discussed transport challenges and opportunities in the Caspian Sea.
Hololei added that he also visited the new terminal of the Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport and the cargo terminal of the Silk Way company, which managed to enter the top 20 biggest airlines. Hololei noted that he met with the head of the Azerbaijan Railways CJSC, economy and foreign ministers of Azerbaijan.
Hololei added that the Azerbaijani government is interested in adopting the best norms and practices in transportation from the EU, because the EU is the main trade partner and investor of Azerbaijan.