14 Jul: Fragility and tensions in EU’s Eastern Partnership

Editor’s Blog: Produced in collaboration with the EU Buzz team 

As part of the European Union’s Global Strategy and European Neighbourhood Policy, the EU has a special relationship with its six Eastern neighbours: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova  and Ukraine. This relationship is known as the Eastern Partnership (EaP). The objective of the initiative is to deliver tangible results for citizens across the region. However, since its launch in 2009, the actual impact of the Eastern Partnership has been constantly questioned. 

In a move which highlights the fragility and tensions of the relationships, Belarus has recently suspended its participation in the …

03 Jun: Press release following President Michel’s discussions with President Aliyev of Azerbaijan and Acting Prime Minister Pashinyan of Armenia

(Source: European Council)

In today’s phone call with President Aliyev of Azerbaijan and meeting with Acting PM Pashinyan of Armenia, President Michel of the European Council stressed the importance for the EU of stability and prosperity of the South Caucasus and of deepening relations with the two partner countries.

He recalled that the full implementation of the 9 November 2020 ceasefire declaration by Azerbaijan and Armenia is essential for regional security and stability. The EU is ready to provide expertise on border delimitation and demarcation and to support confidence building.

The European Union also encourages both parties to cooperate, as …

20 May: Human rights: Chad, Haiti and Armenian prisoners of war in Azerbaijan

(Source: European Parliament)

Azerbaijan must end degrading treatment of Armenian prisoners of warChadian authorities must ensure a return to constitutional orderHaitian authorities must organise new, free and fair elections

On Thursday, MEPs adopted three resolutions on the human rights situation in Chad and Haiti, and the situation for Armenian prisoners of war in Azerbaijan.

Prisoners of war in the aftermath of the most recent conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Parliament deplores the violence that took place during the most recent war between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh area between 27 September and 10 November last year. MEPs also express …

20 May: Armenia/Azerbaijan: Speech on behalf of High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell at the EP debate

(Source: EEAS)

Speech delivered by Helena Dalli, Commissioner for Equality, on the prisoners of war in the aftermath of the most recent conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan

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Thank you Madam President and thank you Members of the European Parliament for raising the issue of prisoners of war and other detainees in the aftermath of the 2020 hostilities.

We took good note of the letter of more than 120 Members of this House on the same issue.

The European Union has taken a clear position: we have repeatedly called on both parties to fully implement the ceasefire agreement. …

08 May: EU and Azerbaijan discuss human rights, democracy and justice

(Source: EEAS) 

On 8 May, Ambassador Kestutis Jankauskas, Head of the EU Delegation in Baku met with Deputy Foreign Minister Mahmud Mammad-Guliyev.

Ambassador  Jankauskas welcomed the decision of the Azerbaijani Bar Association to reinstate human rights lawyers Shahla Humbatova and Irada Javadova and emphasised the expectation that the review of the remaining cases of disbarred and suspended lawyers will follow. The Head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan underlined that human rights lawyers are pillars of the rule of law and play a key role in protecting democratic values.

This meeting drew to a close the 9th EU-Azerbaijan Subcommittee on …