ICMPD supports bringing Azerbaijani and EU citizens closer together
Several migration experts, practitioners and policymakers from Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, ICMPD as well as other international actors and stakeholders in Azerbaijan, met today in Baku for the International Conference on Mobility Partnerships.
The Mobility Partnerships (MP) represent the most advanced framework of cooperation and partnership between the EU, EU Member States and third countries in the field of migration and mobility. They are a key policy instrument of the EU Global Approach to Migration and Mobility which enables the EU and its partner countries to address all migration and mobility issues of mutual concern in a targeted, specific and concrete way, creating tangible benefits for citizens and other stakeholders on both sides.
The Joint Declaration on the Mobility Partnership between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the EU and its participating MS was signed in December 2013. The success and positive achievements of the MP are determined mainly by the full commitment of all parties involved and initiatives/projects funded and implemented under the MP.
Building on this momentum, and taking into account the objectives of the EU-funded project “Support to the Implementation of the Mobility Partnership with Azerbaijan” (MOBILAZE), the European Commission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) organised today a one-day International Conference "Mobility Partnership in Azerbaijan".
The conference was opened by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Mahmud Mammad-Guliyev, who highlighted the important role of the MP for the relations between Azerbaijan and the EU. The Deputy Minister said that the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, the MP Declaration, the Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreements created a firm way to practical implementation of the common objectives.
Concrete discussions on the future of the MP, lessons shared in the implementation/impact of the framework in different countries, and case studies in the implementation of other MP projects were presented during the conference.