Press Releases


Press Release: David Lidington MP, Minister for Europe, has emphasised the importance of expanding the UK’s relationship with Azerbaijan during a fringe debate at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester on 4 October. The debate, entitled New opportunities and old challenges on Europe’s Eastern Frontier: What now for UK and EU engagement in the South Caucasus? was organised by The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) and the Foreign Policy Centre.


Press Release: The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) is organising the visit of Mrs Ibonna Botto-Shirmammadova (formerly Yvonne Marie Botto) to France on 9–18 October after more than 60 years in Azerbaijan. Mrs Botto-Shirmammadova, who is originally from France, has been living in Murguzalli, a village in the Imishli district of Azerbaijan, since 1947. During the visit, she will meet her relatives who live in France and were identified by TEAS’ research.


Press Release: On 26 September, Labour Party Conference delegates in Liverpool attended a fringe debate entitled Russia, Azerbaijan and the West: what does the New Great Game mean for Europe’s energy security?, organised by The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS), in association with Progress. The panel comprised Wayne David MP, Shadow Minister for Europe; Richard Howitt MEP; Charles Grant, Director, Centre for European Reform; and Dennis Sammut OBE, Executive Director, LINKS. The Chairman was Mike Gapes MP.


Press Release: The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) organised a fringe drinks reception at the Liberal Democrat conference entitled From Baku to Birmingham. The speakers were H.E. Fakhraddin Gurbanov, Azerbaijani Ambassador to the UK and two members of the Azerbaijan All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) – Lord German and Stephen Gilbert, Liberal Democrat MP. The chair was Leon Cook, Head of Government Relations, TEAS.


Press Release: ZANN unites a collection of drawings and paintings by Kabira Alieva, the Azerbaijani artist, who brings her second solo show in the UK to a wide London audience in a quest to visually engage, educate, introduce and explore Azerbaijani identity, superimposed on a British cultural canvas. This exhibition is sponsored by The European Azerbaijan Society.


Press Release: A delegation of British Parliamentarians has just returned from a five-day fact-finding mission to Azerbaijan.


Press Release: With Azerbaijan increasingly registering on the world radar for its energy wealth and on-going conflict with Armenia, a group of UK Parliamentarians undertook a five-day fact-finding mission to witness the challenges and opportunities facing the country.


Press Release: Azerbaijan is riding on the crest of a wave at present, with victory in the Eurovision Song Contest coming in the year when the country celebrates the 20th anniversary of its independence from the Soviet Union and a decade of Council of Europe membership.


Press Release: In the week that Azerbaijan achieved Eurovision victory, Kevin Gould, the renowned travel and food writer, has written a fascinating article in The Guardian newspaper (published 21 June) entitled Baku and beyond: a road-trip around Azerbaijan.


Press Release: More than 200 speakers and delegates from across Europe, the US and Azerbaijan flocked to the IET Conference Centre in Central London on 12–13 May to attend The European Azerbaijan Society’s inaugural Business Forum. This was organised in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the UK and the Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Foundation (AZPROMO).