Baku – APA. The European Union (EU) and Azerbaijan start negotiations on “Common Aviation Area Agreement”. The EU Delegation to Azerbaijan told APA that the first round of the negotiations between the EU and Azerbaijan on the Common Aviation Area Agreement will be held on January 24-25 in Baku.
The officials of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport and the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, as well as representatives of the EU member states will conduct negotiations with the State Civil Aviation Administration and other ministries.
“Start of the negotiations between the European Union and Azerbaijan on aviation agreement is an important step not only in terms of our bilateral relations, but also in terms of enhancement of our political ties, economic, commercial and people-to-people relations. The prospective study estimates that an additional 860,000 passengers would fly between the EU and Azerbaijan over a period of five years following the agreement. Economic benefit will be derived as a result of the agreement. We should not lose this concrete opportunity. EU has already signed such agreements with a number of countries in the region. I hope Azerbaijan will also demonstrate political will during the negotiations,” said Ambassador Roland Kobia, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Azerbaijan.
European Commission received an authorisation from the Council of European Union on 6 October 2011 to start negotiations with Azerbaijan on a Common Aviation Area Agreement. The visit of EU Vice-President Siim Kallas to Azerbaijan in November, 2011 reconfirmed that the EU and Azerbaijan undertook obligations to start negotiations. The EU has signed the same agreement with several neighboring countries, including the Western Balkan countries, Georgia, Moldova, Morocco, Jordan and Israel, currently, is holding negotiations with Ukraine, Lebanon and Tunisia.