Second round of visa negotiations between EU and Azerbaijan Taken Place in Brussels

Second round of visa negotiations between EU and Azerbaijan Taken Place in Brussels

Second round of visa negotiations between EU and Azerbaijan has been holding in Geneva, Belgium on May 31st-June 1st, 2012.  The visa facilitation and readmission negotiations follow the political commitment taken at the Prague Eastern Partnership Summit in May 2009 regarding the improvement of people-to-people contacts.

The Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreements Negotiations were conducted between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, represented by Elzamin Asgarov, Head of Human Rights,  Democratization and Humanitarian Issues Department and chief negotiator and Parviz Musayev, deputy chief of the State Migration Service and the EU mission co-chaired by Rob Rozenburg, Deputy Head of International Affairs Unit and Diederik Paalman, Deputy Head of Visa Policy Unit (both from EU Commission Directorate for Home Affairs).

According to the EC statement, the Visa Facilitation agreement is aimed at the facilitation of personal interaction between the EU and Azerbaijan’s people. The two agreements discussed include reduced visa fees for all citizens; issuance of visas for an intended stay of no more than 90 days per period of 180 days, fee waivers for certain categories of people; a maximum processing time of 10 calendar days; simplified supporting document requirements; wider issuance of multiple-entry visas for certain categories; and enhanced mobility in a secured and well-managed environment. The Readmission Agreement will stipulate mechanisms for the return of nationals staying without authorization on the territories of the EU or Azerbaijan.

Experts do not expect concrete results for ongoing second round of visa negotiations between EU and Azerbaijan.

© CESD, 2012

 

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