Hikmat Hajiev, Head of the Foreign Affairs Department of Azerbaijan's Presidential Administration talks about the state of play of EU-Azerbaijan relations, geopolitics, trade and violent Soviet repression.
In the Caucasus Region, power has traditionally been a complex mix of countries’ geography, resources, military capabilities and economic importance. Yet trade and trading routes are often underestimated as a driver for security and stability.
Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, joined Brian Maguire in the EURACTIV Studio to discuss the Eastern Partnership Summit declaration, Ukraine’s intense reform process, the challenge of ‘Ukraine fatigue’ in Brussels, and the risks Russia continues to present along Europe’s Eastern border.
“The closer we are coming to the EU, the more criticism we are hearing. But we are approaching the point of no return in our relations," Fuad Isgandarov, ambassador of Azerbaijan to Belgium, told EURACTIV in a wide-ranging interview.
The illicit tobacco trade, representing 10.4% of the global cigarette market, is becoming an increasingly important issue with severe overall repercussions on finance, taxation, public health and international security.
As the EU and Azerbaijan begin negotiating a “comprehensive agreement”, the Azerbaijani Ambassador to Belgium, Fuad Isgandarov, provided insight into the way his country sees the future of its relationship with the Union and its member states.
From the shores of the Caspian Sea come the Baku 2015 European Games. Take an exclusive look at the Joel Peissig-directed promotional video for the most significant addition to the international sporting calendar in 50 years. See the stars of Baku 2015 and the sights of Azerbaijan’s beautiful capital city. Join the excitement at #Baku2015, #BiginBaku and #HelloBaku. See the film, and rise to the occasion.
At the end of the EU summit on Friday, 20 March, EURACTIV Senior Editor Georgi Gotev asked Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker if he was aware that Ukraine had banned Euronews, after a controversial businessman bought the Ukrainian service.
“The duration of economic sanctions will be clearly linked to the complete implementation of the Minsk agreements,” said EU Council President Donald Tusk on Thursday after EU leaders met for the March EU Council Summit.
Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has urged EU leaders to back Kiev's request to sendi an international peacekeeping mission to eastern Ukraine, where government forces are fighting pro-Russia separatists.
EU Commissioner responsible for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness Jyrki Katainen said on Tuesday that the EU will not allocate specific funds from the Juncker plan to pay for renovation projects to boost the energy efficiency of buildings. Katainen added that it was up to the private sector to choose which projects get the cash.
European Council President Donald Tusk visited the White House on Monday, where he met US President Barack Obama to discuss the Ukrainian crisis, the situation in Greece and negotiations on the transatlantic trade agreement.
The European Commission condemned on Tuesday (3 March) Russia's refusal to allow senior officials from Poland and Latvia, including an MEP, to enter the country to attend the funeral of murdered opposition politician Boris Nemtsov.
Commissioner for Energy Union Maroš Šef?ovi? has said that he is 'reassured' that the supply of gas to the EU markets remains 'secure.' Šef?ovi? comments came after he held trilateral gas talks with Russia and Ukraine on Monday.
Turkey, Algeria, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and “other potential suppliers in the Middle East and Africa” were named in yesterday’s (25 February) Commission communication on Energy Union. EURACTIV understands that Iran and Iraq is also part of the Commission’s long-term thinking, as it searches for alternative suppliers of gas to Russia.
The Greek question would certainly be raised at the Council summit, “if only in a minor way,” the German Chancellor Angela Merkel told journalists ahead of Thursday’s informal Council meeting in Brussels.
“There is no general commitment as yet that minds each and everyone, which covers each and everyone, for example, those that are guilty. But we need the results of the investigation,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters in Brussels after an EU leaders meeting on Thursday.