German Ambassador: Many reforms should be carried out to bring Azerbaijan’s EU membership nearer

German Ambassador: Many reforms should be carried out to bring Azerbaijan’s EU membership nearer
# 17 January 2007 09:34 (UTC +04:00)
“No country and as well as Azerbaijan, where the stereotypes of Soviet period remain, can not be admitted to the EU, in this case it is difficult to speak of Azerbaijan’s EU membership,� Germany extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador to Azerbaijan Per Stankina told the APA exclusively. Commenting on Adam Waddams’ ideas that Azerbaijan will not be adopted to the EU in 50 years, the ambassador stated that some reforms should be carried out in some spheres to reduce this period.
“Firstly, these are the issues concerning democracy, human rights, freedom of press and education. Besides, the freedom of economic activity should be felt in the country. That is why, there are hundreds of items in 30-page Action Plan, sighed in the frame of New Neighborhood Policy of EU, considering the simplification of the conformation of Azerbaijan to European standards,� he added.
The ambassador said that though the number of EU membership countries increases, enlargement process will be continued. He stressed that the organization that he represents, at the present discusses the issues concerning Montenegro. Unlike Adam Waddams, the ambassador did not rule out the fact that demanded period for Azerbaijan membership to the EU is near. /APA/
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