EU Energy Commissioner: Azerbaijan is a significant EU partner

Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for Energy, European Union (EU), has acknowledged the current and future importance of Azerbaijan in his declaration on the country. He said that Azerbaijan’s co-operation with the EU is built on solid principles, reflecting clear common interests. This message was communicated via Otto Hauser, Honorary Consul of Azerbaijan in Stuttgart

According to Oettinger, the participation of Azerbaijan in the EU Eastern Partnership is an historic milestone: “By signing the Southern Corridor Declaration, Azerbaijan has confirmed its essential role, and reaffirmed its commitment to the EU. The country, at the western shores of the Caspian Sea, offers an important basis for Europe’s energy diversification, due to its abundant oil and gas resources.”

Oettinger simultaneously stressed that it is in EU interests to develop relations with energy-producing countries, such as Azerbaijan. He also related this to the unresolved Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, stating: “It is necessary for Europeans to play a more active role. As an important energy partner for the EU, Azerbaijan also has to be listened to and supported in its problems. There are clear resolutions by the UN and other international organisations that the region of Nagorno-Karabakh is an integral part of the sovereign Republic of Azerbaijan.”