Joze Manuel Borroso spoke to press

15-01-2011 | 14:26        


President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, as part of his official visit, met with media representatives and responded their questions. This is my 1st visit to Azerbaijan and I am very satisfied with what I have witnessed here said Jose Manuel Barroso. He said that Azerbaijan had significant achievements throughout history and that the country was dynamically developing. Not only Baku but also regions had developed. Saying that Azerbaijan-European Union relations were progressing year by year, President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso highly appreciated the organization’s relations with Azerbaijan within the framework of the Eastern Partnership Program. Mr. Barroso stated that this program deals with cooperation not only in the energy sector but also commercial sphere. It will lead to simplification of visa regime with the Eastern partnership countries. 122 and a half million USD of financial support has been allocated for Azerbaijan in 2011 within the Eastern Partnership program. When asked “What agreements do you suppose may be achieved on the NABUCCO project in 2011?” Jose Manuel Barroso stressed the importance of making a commercial decision regarding the project. NABUCCO is the main project within the South corridor and it makes possible to transport natural gas of bigger volume to Europe. Jose Manuel Barroso also disclosed his views on the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Daglig Garabag conflict. He believes that the problem should be settled in a peaceful way and based on the principles of territorial integrity of states. He said that the European Commission supported the effort of the OSCE Minsk group for peaceful solution of the conflict. If the problem finds its solution EU is ready to render support for reconstruction works in the conflict zone. Jose Manuel Barroso also spoke about development prospects of the Azerbaijan-European Union relations within the framework of the Partnership for Modernization. At present, accurate decisions are made for boosting the relations.


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