Azerbaijan one step closer to EU
Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ambassador Fuad Isgandarov, Azerbaijan, and the Ministers responsible for migration from the eight EU Member States participating in this partnership (Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, and Slovakia) signed a Joint Declaration establishing a framework for the future cooperation in the field of migration and mobility.
"The launch of this Mobility Partnership is yet another important step towards bringing European and Azerbaijani citizens closer. Thanks to dialogue and specific cooperation, we can better ensure the joint and responsible management of migration in the interests of the Union, Azerbaijan and the migrants themselves", commented Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström, speaking in the margins of the Justice and Home Affairs Council in Brussels.
The EU-Azerbaijan Mobility Partnership establishes a set of political objectives and identifies a number of areas in which further dialogue and cooperation between the EU and Azerbaijan will continue in order to ensure that the movement of persons is managed as effectively as possible.
Measures will be launched to enhance Azerbaijan's ability to manage legal and labour migration, including circular and temporary migration; to improve the way it deals with issues relating to asylum and the protection of refugees; to prevent and combat irregular migration, including smuggling of migrants and trafficking in human beings; and to maximise the development impact of migration and mobility.
So far the EU has signed Mobility Partnerships with the Republic of Moldova, Cape Verde, Georgia, Armenia, and Morocco. Negotiations with Tunisia were concluded on 13th November and the signature will take place shortly. Negotiations with a view to entering into similar agreements with Jordan have also begun.
Mobility Partnerships provide a flexible and non-legally binding framework for ensuring that the movement of people between the EU and a third country can be managed effectively. ■