He said in an interview with the Azerbaijan Press Agency that one of Greece’s priorities before it takes over the six-month rotating Presidency of the European Union on Jan. 1, 2014 is working with other countries.
“The bilateral institutional framework Greece and Azerbaijan have created is already considerable … of course, there are always areas where we still need to make progress and we will work in that direction,” he said.
Avramopoulos noted that Azerbaijan until lately had made little effort to promote itself as a tourist attraction. Greece already has extensive experience on the tourism sector, given that it started developing one more than 60 years ago.
“Azerbaijan and Greece are ideally poised to expand their cooperation on tourism. A month from now, on May 28, Aegean Airlines is launching its direct flight from Athens to Baku, and transport – direct flights – are vital to increasing tourist flows both ways. At the same time, the Consular Section of the Greek Embassy here in Baku is under instructions to make the visa application process as easy as possible for the visitors from Azerbaijan that we look forward to welcoming in Greece this summer,” he said.