Baku will host an informal meeting of the Eastern Partnership member countries' energy ministers on September 8.
The meeting will be attended by the Minister of Industry and Energy of Azerbaijan Natig Aliyev, EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger, the Georgian Energy Minister Kakha Kaladze, the minister of energy and coal industry of Ukraine Yuri Prodan, the Minister of Economy of Moldova Adrian Candu, the Deputy Minister of Energy of the Republic of Belarus Vadim Zakrevski and other officials.
The EU and Azerbaijan are maintaining relations under the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, which was signed in 1996 and came into force in 1999.
Since then the PCA has provided the legal framework for EU-Azerbaijan bilateral relations in the areas of political dialogue, trade, investment, economic, legislative and cultural cooperation.
Azerbaijan is also included in the EU program on "Eastern Partnership" adopted on the initiative of Poland and Sweden and approved at the EU summit in Brussels in 2008.
The goal of the program is the rapprochement between the EU and Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Armenia, Moldova, Georgia, Belarus. The program envisages significant increase in the level of political interaction, large integration of former Soviet republics into EU economy, increasing the volume of financial aid to them and strengthening the energy security.