AZERBAIJAN

  • Capital: Baku
  • Population: 9,624,900
  • Area: 86,600 square km
  • Borders with: Armenia, Georgia, Iran, Russia and Turkey
  • Signed a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with the EU that came into force in 1999
  • The EU and Azerbaijan began negotiations on an Association Agreement in 2010, but so far such an agreement has not been signed. Progress towards a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Azerbaijan has been delayed by the fact that Azerbaijan is not a member of the World Trade Organization
  • The EU and Azerbaijan signed a Strategic Partnership in 2009 that led to a Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of the Southern Gas Corridor, one of Europe's biggest infrastructure projects. The Final Investment Decision (December 2013) and ground laying ceremony in September 2014 are  important milestones in relations but most importantly in making the Southern Gas Corridor a reality
  • Azerbaijan does not have visa liberalization, but the EU-Azerbaijan Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreements were signed in September 2014
  • Azerbaijan signed a Mobility Partnership between the EU and eight of its Member States (Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, and Slovakia) at the Vilnius Eastern Partnership Summit on 5 December 2013, which focuses on priorities in the following areas: migration management; mobility, legal migration and integration; fight against irregular immigration and trafficking in human beings, readmission, security of identity and travel documents, border management; migration and development; asylum and international protection
  • Azerbaijan does not have an IBM Strategy, but under the Eastern Partnership Flagship Initiative on Integrated Border Management, it is taking part in a number of IBM-related projects with the EU, such as the EaP-IBM Capacity Building Project.