Azerbaijan hosts national consultations on Eastern Partnership

On 11 October, the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, hosted structured consultations on the future of the Eastern Partnership (EaP).

Supported by the EU Delegation to the country in cooperation with the Centre of Analysis of International Relations, the consultations were attended by around 100 people, representing a wide range of stakeholders.

The EU side was represented by a delegation led by Vassilis Maragos, Head of Unit at the European Commissions Directorate General Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations. Azerbaijani participants included state officials, members of the Parliament, representatives of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, higher education institutions, think tanks, civil society, youth activists and media.

The event provided a unique opportunity for the many stakeholders to take part in the development of the future of the Eastern Partnership by presenting their views and reflections to representatives from the EU and Azerbaijani government.

The consultation process was a part of the informal exchanges between a wide range of stakeholders from EU Member States and partner countries. It was launched at the High-Level Conference dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) this May in Brussels.

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