Azerbaijan and the European Union have great potential to develop agricultural trade, head of Operations Section at the EU Mission in Baku Jeroen Willems said at the First Baku International Conference on Food Security.
He stressed that it is necessary to continue work on bringing the quality of Azerbaijani products in line with the EU standards.
"Today, only 5% of Azerbaijan's food exports accounts for the EU markets. Only 10-20 countries can export certain food products to the EU," Willems said.
According to him, compliance with the food safety standards alone is not enough for exporting to European countries now. "Many large retailers also require certificates that production is carried out in accordance with environmental and ethical standards," the head of Operations Section at the EU Mission in Baku concluded.
The first Baku International Conference on Food Security has opened today in Azerbaijan. The event is organized jointly with the World Bank.