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Azerbaijan- EU seeks to soon sign new partnership deal with Azerbaijan - By Laman Ismayilova

The European Union hopes to soon sign a new strategic partnership agreement with Azerbaijan, head of the EU delegation in Azerbaijan, Malena Mard told Trend.

She said that the process is underway for obtaining an appropriate mandate from the EU Council.

“After the mandate is received, it will be possible to begin negotiations with the Azerbaijani side,” she noted.

“As you know, we have already held two meetings in this regard. We hope it will be possible to start negotiations in the near future

Baku has recently announced that the sides finalized joint consultations on the scope of Strategic Partnership Agreement, voicing hope that the EU will come up with an official mandate to launch negotiations soon.

Currently, the bilateral relations between the EU and Azerbaijan are regulated on the basis of the partnership and cooperation agreement, which was signed in 1996 and came into force in 1999.

The new agreement will envisage bringing Azerbaijan's legislation and procedures closer to the most important international and trade standards of the EU.

This process is meant to improve the access of Azerbaijani products to the EU markets.

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