The European Union (EU) will open a representative office in Erbil in the near future, an EU official said on Tuesday.
The European Union Chief of the Judicial Development Program, Michael Kassan, told AKnews that the Union has requested authorization from officials in the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad to open a representative office in the Region.
He added the stable security of the Region has led to the decision to open the office in the Region's capital, Erbil and the Region's officials have welcomed the step.
Mr Kassan said their objective is to aid the Erbil and Baghdad governments in planning and development programs, to introduce modern European systems of business and administration to the justice, human rights and planning ministries of both governments, and to assist the Region to improve.
The EU has two offices in Iraq, one in Baghdad and one in Basra. Some 18 countries have representative offices in the Region and this figure is expected to rise.