European companies want to actively operate and invest in Azerbaijan, head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan Malena Mard told reporters May 18 in Baku.
She made the remarks during the second Azerbaijan-EU business forum.
Mard noted that Europe actively cooperates with Azerbaijan in the energy sphere, but the parties have an opportunity to expand the cooperation in other spheres as well.
The EU will continue to cooperate with Azerbaijan in improving the legislation and government activities, she added.
Mard pointed out that the EU cooperates with Azerbaijan within the Eastern Partnership program and will continue the cooperation in the areas which are priority for both sides.
Improving the government activities and the legislative framework is one of the priority areas of cooperation between the two parties, according to the head of the EU Delegation.
Further, Mard noted that the talks on the agreement on Strategic Modernization Partnership will start soon,
Currently, the issue of getting the mandate of the Council of the European Union is under discussion, she said, adding that initially, this issue should be discussed by the EU member states.
Once the mandate is given, the official negotiations will start, said Mard.
She noted that Azerbaijan and the EU have great opportunities to develop the relations in various spheres.