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2017 October 31 ( Tuesday )  14:58:07
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Human Rights - Important Part of Future EU-Azerbaijan Agreement

Baku / 31.10.17 / Turan: Human rights, democracy and the rule of law are significant issues in the cooperation of the European Union and Azerbaijan and are part of the future agreement between the parties on partnership. This opinion was expressed by the head of the EU representation in Azerbaijan, Kestutis Jankauskas, speaking at the annual meeting Partnership for Good Governance for the countries of the Eastern Partnership in 2015-2018.

Opening the meeting, the head of the Baku office of the Council of Europe Zoltan Hernes said this regional program is carried out, taking into account the specific needs of each country.

The projects Application of the European Convention on Human Rights and Case Law of the European Court, Increasing the Efficiency and Quality of Judiciary, Enhancing Abilities in the Fight against Corruption and its Prevention, and Freedom of Media and Expression have been implemented or are nearing completion in Azerbaijan. Partners in the implementation of these projects are the Ministry of Justice, the Judicial Legal Council, the Office for Combating Corruption, and the institutions of civil society and the media.

According to him, the total cost of projects implemented in Azerbaijan has amounted to 4.6 million euros.

According to Hernes, at the forthcoming Eastern Partnership Summit on November 24 new directions for the implementation of the projects will be determined.

The head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, Ambassador Kestutis Jankauskas noted that human rights, democracy and the rule of law were the subject of close discussion on October 16-17 at a meeting of the profile sub-committee in Brussels.

He noted that in addition to the above projects, the EU provides assistance to Azerbaijan on a bilateral basis. Next on the agenda are projects to create a probation service and increase the capacity to combat money laundering.

Recently, a financial agreement was signed between the EU and Azerbaijan, for which 3 million euros are allocated for legal assistance to socially vulnerable people and for the fight against domestic violence.

As for the projects already implemented within the framework of the Partnership for Good Governance, despite certain results, there is a need to achieve more tangible results, he said.

Head of the Department of Human Rights and Democracy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, Fakhraddin Ismayilov, noted the usefulness of projects within the framework of the Partnership for Good Governance. As an example, he indicated the training of human rights trainers for the Academy of Justice, who share knowledge with new staff.

Another positive example was the preparation of a curriculum for the Faculty of Journalism.

The Coordinator of the Council of Europe / European Union program Partnership for Good Governance, Arkady Sytin, said that in addition to 4.6 million euros of direct assistance, Azerbaijan received another 2 million euros in the framework of multilateral regional projects for the Eastern Partnership countries.

After the presentation for journalists, the meeting participants held working discussions on the results of the projects and planning for 2018. -06C--

Milli Mejlis Ratifies New Contract on Deepwater Part of ACG

Baku / 31.10.17 / Turan: Milli Majlis (Azerbaijan"s Parliament) today ratified a new contract for the development of the deepwater part of the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) oilfield until the year 2050.

The agreement, which was signed on September 14 this year, received the conventional name Contract of the New Century.

It will allow the further development of the ACG block, which currently produces 620,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

It is expected that in the next 32 years the project will be invested $ 40 billion. SOCAR"s share in the project is doubled and brought to 25%. In addition, the company will receive about $ 3.6 billion in bonuses.

The equity participation of other companies in the new contract will be: BP (30.37% - operator), Chevron (9.56%), ExxonMobil (6.79%), Indian ONGC (2.31%), Japanese Inpex Corp. (9.31%) and Itochu Oil (3.65%), Norwegian Statoil (7.27%), and Turkish TPAO (5.73%).

The agreement on the ACG block was first signed in September 1994 and its term expires in 2024. Due to the ratification and entry into force of the new agreement, the terms of the first contract are canceled. -06D--

European Film Festival

Baku / 31.10.17 / Turan: The 8th European Film Festival will start in Baku on November 2.

The Head of the European Union office in Azerbaijan Kestutis Jankauskas speaking on Tuesday at a briefing dedicated to this event said 21 films from different countries of Europe will be shown in total. In addition, the festival will show the Azerbaijani film Pomegranate Garden.

"Films give an opportunity to the Azerbaijani audience to see the culture of European countries. The directors of some of the bands will also arrive in Baku and hold master classes and discussions," he said.

The European Union is trying to strengthen relations with Azerbaijan not only in the economic and political spheres, but also in culture.

The French Deputy Ambassador to Azerbaijan Fabien Lozinski said the festival will be opened by the French film Lumieres. "The film is devoted to the development of world cinema and is based on archival documents. In general, the festival aims to bring Azerbaijan closer to the culture of European countries," she said.

Note that the festival of European films will last until November 12. The tapes will be shown in the Park Cinema movie theaters. The entrance is free. -71D-

Dollar and Euro Exchange Rates Slightly Increased

Baku / 31.10.17 / Turan: At the currency auction on Tuesday, the USD to AZN rate slightly increased, amounting to AZN 1.7003 per USD against the AZN 1.7002 per USD for yesterday.

Commercial banks buy USD in the range of AZN 1.6900-1.6980 manat, and sell it at AZN 1.7010-1.7050.

The EUR exchange rate also slightly increased on October 31 - from AZN 1.9751 to AZN 1.9767.

In commercial banks, EUR is sold in the range of AZN 1.9900-1.9993 and bought at AZN 1.9372-1.9750. -71D-

Eighty Villages of Lerik Left without Electricity

Baku / 31.10.17 / Turan: The stormy south-west wind in the southern region of the country caused significant damage to settlements and economic buildings on October 30. They were left without electricity.

The wind knocked down trees and power lines, demolished the roofs of many buildings and damaged orchards.

The greatest damage was done in the Lankaran and Astara districts.

Serious injuries in the fall of trees were received by residents of local villages Shafa Aliyeva and Etibar Bagirov, who were placed in the intensive care unit of the Lankaran district hospital.

Significant damage was also inflicted on the Lerik region electric power plant. Almost in 80 villages of Lerik there is no light, the Ministry of Emergencies reports.

Work is underway to restore the damage caused. -02D-

Weather to Get Colder

Baku / 31.10.17 / Turan: Starting from the evening of October 31 and until the morning of November 2, thunderstorms and downpours are expected in Azerbaijan, weather forecasters say.

The air temperature will drop by 3-5 degrees Celsius and a strong westerly wind will blow. -02D-

Three Men Killed at Gas Station of Agjabadi

Baku / 31.10.17 / Turan: On October 30, an explosion occurred at a gas station in the Boyad village, Agdjabedi region (250 km to the south-west of Baku). A ZIL vehicle transporting liquefied gas and the station"s operating room were burnt. As a result of the explosion the operator Naheed Javadov born in 1963 and two workers of the station were killed.

The fire service extinguished the fire. An investigation into the causes of the fire has been started, the Ministry of Emergency said. -02D-

Citizen of Azerbaijan Detained in Georgia

Tbilisi / 10/31/17/Turan: The Georgian Interior Ministry employees detained a 27-year-old Azerbaijani citizen wanted by the Azerbaijani authorities through Interpol in Marneuli on charges of illegally crossing the border and illegally storing firearms.

As reported by the Interior Ministry of Georgia, during the search of the detainee"s car, the police seized an AKM automatic rifle, two cartridge boxes and 50 cartridges.

The Georgian Interior Ministry reports the detainee was wanted by Interpol for murder since 2014.

A case has been filed under the articles Illegal Crossing of the State Border of Georgia and Illegal Carrying of Firearms and Ammunition.

The detainee"s name is not reported, as is the possibility of extraditing him to Azerbaijan. -02D-

Press Review 10/31/2017

The importance of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railroad, the reasons for the high cost of goods, and a look at the alleged changes in the law on political parties are the leading topics of today"s press.

The newspaper Azerbaijan writes about the significance of the global project of the BTK railway. The author calls the project a historical one, comparing it in significance with the Suez Canal. The railway will transport 1 million passengers and 6.5 million tons of cargo annually.

The newspaper Echo published an article entitled Export of Azerbaijani Food Products Leads to Increase in Prices? Most of the food products produced in Azerbaijan is exported. The rapid growth of exports of domestic goods must be restrained; otherwise it will be impossible to stop the constant rise in prices.

If you leave everything as it is, then the volume of domestic food products in the domestic market will decrease, and the share of imports will increase even more. In January-September of 2017, Azerbaijan carried out export-import operations with 187 countries for a total of more than $ 14 billion, which is 12.4% higher than in the same period in 2016. For 9 months of the current year the country imported goods of 7,164 names for more than 6 billion dollars, which is 0.38% lower than in 2016.

The Novoye Vremya newspaper published an article about the expected changes to the law On Political Parties. The changes are related to increasing transparency in political parties, that is, transparency of their financial sources and costs, as a number of political parties provide empty reports, and some parties do not report at all, and some others give incorrect reports. The issue regarding these parties should be settled legally. -0---