EU relations with Azerbaijan are governed by the EU-Azerbaijan Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) signed in 1996 and entered into force in 1999.
Following the enlargement of the European Union, the EU launched the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and Azerbaijan became part of this policy in 2004. On the basis of a Country Report [202 KB] (published in March 2005) an ENP Action Plan [122 KB] was discussed by the Commission and the Azerbaijani government and finally adopted on November 14, 2006.
The main EU co-operation objectives, policy responses and priority fields can be found in the Country Strategy Paper 2007-2013 [290 KB] . On the basis of bilateral priorities, also National Indicative Programmes (NIP) [100 KB] have been adopted in line with the funding instrument of the ENP, the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI). The NIP 2007-2010 provided an indicative sum of €92 million and the NIP 2011-2013 provides an indicative amount of €122.5 million. In addition to the ENPI national programme, Azerbaijan also benefits from the ENPI regional and interregional programmes, plus a number of thematic programmes such as the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR).
The EU and Azerbaijan are currently negotiating an Association Agreement to succeed the PCA. This Association Agreement will significantly deepen Azerbaijan’s political association and economic integration with the EU.
See more details under Summary.
Video - Securing Energy