The European Union is preparing nine twinning projects worth nearly nine million euros in Azerbaijan, Sahil Babayev, Azerbaijani deputy economy minister, told reporters May 27 in Baku.
Babayev said that on average each project takes a year and a half to prepare.
"Each project is implemented in two years," noted the deputy minister. "During this period, changes are made in the country's legislation, a variety of methodological documents are prepared."
Babayev added that the new projects are being prepared mainly in the areas of justice, education and agriculture.
"The cost of each project is about one million euros," he said.
Head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan Malena Mard, in turn, told reporters that until today the EU has provided technical assistance to Azerbaijan for implementation of 43 twinning projects.
Those projects cover various areas and are at different phases of implementation, she added.
"So far, we have completed 25 projects," noted Mard. "Nine projects are being implemented, and nine more are being prepared."
Mard said the EU is ready to further share its experience via various projects and expand its cooperation with Azerbaijan.