Negotiations for a new agreement began on February 7, 2017. The Juncker Commission still hopes to conclude a new trade and political agreement with Azerbaijan in the next two months, provided Baku makes progress in the trade part of the text, sources told EURACTIV. One of the reasons Azerbaijan did not sign an association agreement with the European Union, in addition to the fact that we do not think it was an agreement, was a list of unilateral instructions for us, but that was not the main reason. The main reason for this was that they did not want to have a very precise formulation on the resolution of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan on the basis of Azerbaijan`s territorial integrity. You have these provisions in the agreement with Georgia, with Moldova, at the time Ukraine did not have this problem. But when it comes to Azerbaijan, it`s double standards. Russia was sanctioned for what was happening in Ukraine. Armenia was not sanctioned for what happened in Nagorno-Karabakh. This dual-standard approach must be eliminated.
On 14 November 2016, the Council of the European Union approved the award of a mandate to the European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to negotiate a new agreement with Azerbaijan, which would replace the cooperation and partnership agreement in force since 1996. As noted above, the EU`s relations with Azerbaijan are based on the EU-Azerbaijan Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, which has been in force since 1999. In February 2017, Brussels and Baku began negotiations for a new framework agreement to strengthen bilateral cooperation. Here too, energy supply plays a central role in the EU`s interest in the country. The following year, the EU and Azerbaijan approved partnership priorities under the four Eastern Partnership priorities set out in the 2020 Results Roadmap. On 23 December 2019, President Ilham Aliyev declared that a draft strategic partnership agreement with the EU was “90 per cent ready”. On 7 February 2017, the EU and Azerbaijan began negotiations for a new agreement that will replace the agreement adopted in 1996.  “The preparation of an agreement between the EU and Azerbaijan is about to be concluded. I hope that they will be completed in the near future and we will sign a new cooperation agreement with the EU,” Ahmadov said on Wednesday in Baku at a ceremony to complete a project to improve Azerbaijan`s statistical service.