The importance of the Caucasus to the EU: Does the political stability exist to develop deeper relations?
In the Caucasus, political stability in recent years has allowed the region to experience strong and consistent economic growth. More recently, big energy infrastructure projects such as the Southern Gas Corridor and the East-West Corridor have also underlined the strategic importance the region represents to its European neighbours.
Azerbaijan - the biggest country in the Caucasus - has played a constructive role in furthering economic ties with the EU, a key partner to all states in the region. However, the rekindling of a cross-border dispute in the Nagorno-Karabakh area has shifted attention to underlying political tensions. This is at a time when the imminent completion of the Southern Gas Corridor project is due to increase the country's share of energy imports to the EU.
Join this EURACTIV Virtual Conference to discuss the strategic importance of the Caucasus region to the EU and how deeper relations can be forged in the coming years.
Luc Pierre Devigne, Managing Director, Russia, Eastern partnership, Central Asia, Regional cooperation and OSCE, European External Action Service
Amanda Paul, Senior Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre (EPC)
Fuad Isgandarov, Ambassador, Head of Mission, Mission of Azerbaijan to the EU
Georgi Gotev, Senior Editor, EURACTIV
10:00 – 10:05 Welcome and House rules
10:05 – 10:50 Panellist statements, discussion and Q&A
10:50 – 11:00 Closing statements
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