Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for Energy plans to visit Baku at the end of July, ONA-Economics reports citing EUobserver.
The purpose of the visit will be to discuss with the government of Azerbaijan a draft agreement on increasing the import of natural gas from EU countries and supporting the expansion of the Southern Gas Corridor.
"We are working closely to increase supplies," the EU Commissioner said.
The EU is preparing to sign a no-strings-attached gas-import deal with Azerbaijan to reduce dependence on Russia following cut-offs to Europe.
The EU-Azerbaijan "strategic partnership" envisages "shipment of Caspian natural gas to the European Union and, potentially, to Western Balkan countries ... to increase diversification," the draft deal, seen by EUobserver, said.