Восточное партнерство является совместной инициативой, в которой участвуют Европейский Союз, страны-члены ЕС и шесть восточноевропейских стран-партнеров – Азербайджан, Армения, Беларусь, Грузия, Молдова и Украина.
Усходняе партнёрства з'яўляецца сумеснай ініцыятывай, у якой удзельнічаюць Еўрапейскі саюз, краіны-члены ЕС і шэсць ўсходнееўрапейскіх краін-партнёраў - Арменія, Азербайджан, Беларусь, Грузія, Малдова і Украіна.
New Delhi, 14 June, 2017: The EU Delegation to India has announced the decision to release of the final tranche of €25 mn. of its €80 mn. grant to the Indian Government's Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA). This brings to a conclusion the EU's sector support to school education in India, to which it has contributed over € 520 mn. (currently valued at Rs. 3700 crs.) in grant funding. EU grants have contributed to setting up new schools, improving existing ones, bridging gender and social gaps, providing toilets especially for girls, training teachers, and enrolling nearly all children in the primary school years.
The EU Business Climate Report 2017 was launched during the recent EU-Azerbaijan Business Forum. The second business survey was carried out by the German-Azerbaijani Chamber of Commerce (AHK Azerbaijan), with support of the EU. The survey aims to assess the current conditions for doing business in Azerbaijan, highlighting key reform achievements and remaining bottlenecks. Download your copy now.
Main Conclusions (taken from the report)
Despite notable improvements in the EU businesses' perception of the economic situation over the past one year, the majority still consider the national economy as weak. The findings of the survey suggest that concerns about the fragile economy and a low level of government investments continue weighing on many EU companies operating in Azerbaijan this year. The sluggish economic outlook emphasises the need for more comprehensive economic policies and their implementation to support the diversification of the economy.
This year, improvement in the customs system and immigration policies (referring to the e-visa in particular) was positively assessed. Since many EU businesses express a lack of confidence in the local judicial system and report the tax system as the main point of concern for their business operations, structural reforms in these areas remain a priority. Moreover, discussions suggest that additional measures to enhance the human resource base through improved academic education and vocational training would promote opportunities for the private sector in general and small and medium-sized companies in particular.
Consistent with the projected moderate recovery of the Azerbaijani economy in 2018, the European companies' longer-term outlook for revenue growth is positive. Thus, if genuinely implemented, the government´s Strategic Roadmaps are expected to alleviate the economic uncertainty and important downside effects of the financial sector, and hereby stimulate the business environment in Azerbaijan.
It is important to note that the EU Business Climate Survey Azerbaijan 2017 was conducted soon after the launch of the Strategic Roadmaps and therefore, the real outcome of this long-term government agenda can be gauged with the implementation of annual assessments of the business and investment climate in Azerbaijan.
You can download the PDF version of the report now.
Last year's report is also available for downloading.