It is the duty of European institutions, especially the European parliament, to reach out to the Azerbaijani people and this can only be done if there is a sustained dialogue with the Azerbaijani government and Azerbaijani institutions.
This is a commentary prepared by the political editor of commonspace.eu
A delegation from the European parliament this week was in Azerbaijan to participate in a meeting of the EU-Azerbaijan Parliamentary Co-operation Committee, a framework for dialogue between the European Parliament and the Parliament of Azerbaijan. Usually such meetings go unnoticed, but given the fact that relations between the EU and Azerbaijan have in recent years been strained, and those between the European Parliament and the Parliament of Azerbaijan nearly broken, the visit and the discussion held were of significant importance. (more…)
The 13th meeting of the European Union (EU)-Azerbaijan Parliamentary Cooperation Committee (PCC) was held in Baku on 20 September. The European Parliament (EP) delegation chaired by Sajjad Karim (ECR, UK) included Heidi Hautala (Greens/EFA, FIN, co-president of EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly), Ramona Manescu (EPP, RO), Alberto Cirio (EPP, IT), Andrejs Mamikins (S&D, LV) and Iveta Grigule (ALDE, LV). (more…)