EU to sign free trade agreements with three Southern Caucasian countries

EU to sign free trade agreements with three Southern Caucasian countries
# 16 September 2009 11:08 (UTC +04:00)
Baku. Victoria Dementyeva – APA. EU General Affairs and External Relations Council had an exchange of views on the strengthening of the EU’s relations with
Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia, within the framework of the EU’s Eastern Partnership. APA reports The discussions on the Southern Caucasus aimed to move the process forward and take concrete initiatives, for example free trade agreements within the framework of the Eastern Partnership. The Eastern Partnership is a cooperation which aims to create closer ties between the EU and its neighbors in the east. The Commission will shortly present proposals for the negotiations with Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. In principle, all three countries will be treated in the same way, they will be judged according to their own merits and the countries will be required to make sufficient progress on democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
“The Council unanimously supports the process and looks forward to the Commission’s proposals. The EU has an important role to play in supporting the region”, says Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt.
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