Azerbaijan, EU mull over common aviation area agreement

Azerbaijan and the European Union have held negotiations on Common Aviation Area Treaty in Brussels as part of the second stage of negotiations on EU-Azerbaijan Common Aviation Area Agreement.

A delegation led by Director of the country’s State Civil Aviation Administration Arif Mammadov took part in the negotiations from the Azerbaijani side. The delegation included employees of the State Civil Aviation Administration and the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Belgium, as well as representatives of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry and Justice Ministry.

Both sides expressed readiness to sign relevant agreements. The remarks and proposals of the Azerbaijani side were discussed, and a number of issues were clarified. The sides signed a protocol.

Azerbaijan and the EU agreed to hold the third round of negotiations on the signing of an EU-Azerbaijan Common Aviation Area Agreement in Baku. Until then, the EU and its member countries will receive prompt feedback from other ministries and committees of Azerbaijan.

The final version of the agreement is expected to be prepared at a meeting in Baku.

Mammadov said that the beginning of negotiations on the draft Common Aviation Area Agreement is also important from the point of view of signing a new EU-Azerbaijan Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. He pointed out that the meeting will make a special contribution to the dialogue between Azerbaijan and Europe.

Mammadov also stressed that Azerbaijan has positive experience in cooperation in the field of civil aviation.

The bilateral relations between the EU and Azerbaijan are regulated on the basis of an agreement on partnership and cooperation that was signed in 1996 and entered into force in 1999.

The new agreement should replace the 1996 partnership and cooperation agreement, focusing on shared objectives and challenges the EU and Azerbaijan face today.