On 15 May, the European Commission and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy published the annual Neighbourhood Package, in which they assessed the first year since implementing the new European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) welcomes this agreement on an open-ended extension for the EU–Azerbaijan ENP Action Plan, following its expiry on 31 December 2011, which will remain in force until the final Association Agreement is signed.
The annual TEAS Business Forum took place at No.4 Hamilton Place, London, on 2 May 2012, attracting more than 250 delegates.
The conference, entitled Azerbaijan and Turkey – Diverse Investment Opportunities, focused on a wide range of business sectors, including, energy; project finance; investment banking; ICT; agriculture; and Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG). The event featured around 40 speakers, each providing comment and opinion on their field of expertise.
On 24 April, a group of around 50 diplomats, dignitaries, academics, and others attended a fascinating lecture at Committee Room G in The House of Lords entitled What is a Nation?, delivered by the renowned political sociologist Dr James Dingley, Chairman, Francis Hutcheson Institute, at the invitation of The Lord Laird of Artigarvan and supported by The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS).
In response to the murderous attacks which took place in the French towns of Montauban and Toulouse in March 2012, The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) has offered moral and financial support to the victims’ relatives and families of the Ozar-Hartorah school in Toulouse by partnering with the Association française des Victimes du Terrorisme (AfVT.org).
On 15 March, the King’s College War Studies Russian and Eurasian Research Group and the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) held a half-day conference at King’s College, London, entitled Bridge or Barrier? The Role of Central Asia in 21st Century International Politics. This was organised in co-operation with TEAS, and attended by delegates from the academic and business worlds.
TEAS’ Novruz celebration, organised in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the UK, with support from the Ministry of Culture and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan, took place at Gibson City Hall, London, on 15 March 2012.
The roots of the ongoing Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh were outlined in the heart of London on 6 February during the launch of a new book, published by The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS), entitled The Armenian Question in the Caucasus: Russian Archive Documents and Publications.
Lieutenant-General Movses Hakobian, Armenian Armed Forces Commander in Nagorno-Karabakh, has revealed that the Armenian-controlled territory has substantially boosted its weapons arsenal over the last six months, according to RFE/RL. The Commander estimated that the ‘military potential’ of his troops grew by 20 per cent during the first half of 2011.
An agreement has been signed at the Farnborough International Airshow between Boeing and Azerbaijan Airlines regarding the supply of one 767-300ER (extended range) passenger aircraft and two 767 Freighters. Jahangir Askerov, President, Azerbaijan Airlines, justified this move, explaining: "With our central geographic location, Azerbaijan is becoming a busy hub in the region, situated between east and west, and north and south.
Andreas Heinrich, a researcher at the Centre for East European Studies, University of Bremen, has made some interesting and informed comments regarding Azerbaijan and the South Caucasus region. When commenting on Azerbaijani–EU relations, focusing on Germany, he explained: "Ambition is not matched by ability. The EU, as a whole, lacks a coherent political and economic vision and – maybe most importantly – the appropriate means for more active engagement in the South Caucasus.