EU aid has focused on humanitarian aid, food security and social protection. As economic and political conditions have improved considerably in the country, the focus is now greater: The period 2008-2012 could be characterized by the expressive development of political contacts between officials of two countries, the effective establishment of the legal basis for relations and the deepening of cooperation in the economic, tourism, cultural and educational fields. EU Foreign Affairs Representative Federica Mogherini expressed hope on Thursday (April 4th) that the EU and Azerbaijan will soon conclude a new trade and political agreement with the Arabic expression Inshallah (God wants). 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. The United States began diplomatic relations with Azerbaijan in 1992, after its independence from the Soviet Union. Together, the two countries are working to promote European energy security, expand bilateral trade and bilateral investment, and combat terrorism and transnational threats. The United States is committed to strengthening democracy and promoting economic diversification in Azerbaijan. The United States strongly supports the efforts of the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group to find a lasting and lasting political solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and promote regional stability, peace and prosperity. Azerbaijan also feels offended by the EU`s ability to reach a new generation of agreements with countries that Baku considers to be less geostrategic and which have closer relations with Russia, such as Armenia. The European Union and Azerbaijan are strong partners in the field of energy policy and collaborate on a number of projects. The main project is the construction of a pipeline to link the oil supply from the Caspian to Europe and offers a viable route for oil and gas to reach consumers. Europe also supports Azerbaijan`s state aid programme to increase the use of alternative and renewable energy sources.
 Azerbaijan is the partner country of the EU`s energy programme, INOGATE, which has four main themes: improving energy security, converging Member States` energy markets on the basis of the principles of the EU`s internal energy market, supporting sustainable energy development and attracting investment in energy projects of common and regional interest. Negotiations are under way between the EU and Azerbaijan to replace their existing APC with an Association Agreement (AA).  In April 2013, Roland Kobia, EU Ambassador to Azerbaijan, said they could be concluded before the November 2013 Eastern Partnership meeting.  However, the deputy head of Azerbaijan`s presidential administration stated that “we want to develop a partnership agreement – a document that better reflects the level of our relations and cooperation with the European Union” and not an AA.  A European official of the delegation in Azerbaijan said: “It has not been said that Azerbaijan will never sign, but now is not the time to sign it. So we are working with Azerbaijan on other possible formats, but the ultimate goal is the signing of an association agreement.  No A.A. was signed at the summit, although a joint statement welcomed the progress made in the negotiations and stated that the EU was ready to negotiate a comprehensive and comprehensive free trade agreement with Azerbaijan as soon as they join the World Trade Organization.  In December 2013, EU Enlargement Commissioner Etefan Fole said negotiations on the AA were continuing.   In November 2016, the European Council approved the opening of negotiations for a framework agreement allowing Azerbaijan to “decide to what extent it will participate in the offer of political association and integration