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Dear visitor,

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the website of the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Azerbaijan. This site is intended to give information and guidance on Azerbaijan-EU relations, EU Delegation activities in Azerbaijan and on the European Union, in general.

The European Union is made up of 28 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies. The EU is committed to share its prosperity, stability and security with its neighbours

In December 2009, the Lisbon Treaty entered into force in the European Union. It brought substantial changes in the life of the European Union. Based on this Treaty a unique European diplomatic corps was created. This corps, including the EU Delegation in Azerbaijan, was given the mandate to represent the EU in the world.

In 2009, the EU launched the Eastern Partnership (EaP) initiative, a long‑term ambitious policy for the Eastern European region, with concrete and far‑reaching deliverables, such as stronger institutional structures, deeper legal approximation to the EU, comprehensive free trade zones going far beyond mere abolition of custom duties.

Azerbaijan and the EU have steadily enhanced their relationship. In January 2011 a Joint Declaration on the Southern Gas Corridor was signed between President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso; visa facilitation negotiations successfully ended at the Eastern Partnership Vilnius Summit in November 2013 with the effect from September 2014. In December 2013 the EU and Azerbaijan also signed a Mobility Partnership agreement which is another important step towards bringing European and Azerbaijani citizens closer. Thanks to dialogue and specific cooperation, it can better ensure the joint and responsible management of migration in the interests of the Union, Azerbaijan and the migrants themselves.

The EU and Azerbaijan are building nowadays solid foundations for a joint future. Our priority areas for cooperation for the next years include assistance to Regional and Rural development aiming at supporting the Government of Azerbaijan’s efforts in the diversification of the economy and promotion of a more balanced and inclusive growth, while reducing disparities between regions; support to Justice Sector reform focusing on the consolidation of the rule of law and promotion of the independence of the judiciary; and support to Education and skills development responding to a clear need of the country to supply the workforce with the adequate skills to meet the demands of the labour market.

Enjoy exploring our website and learning about our activities and do not hesitate to contact us with questions or comments. Your feedback will be very welcome.