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In a recent visit to SOCAR, Swiss company AXPO highlighted the importance of Azerbaijan’s role in the energy sector. AXPO have a 5% participation in the TAP Trans Adriatic Pipeline

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 ottobre 2014

Azerbaijan16This project will be providing energy security to Europe by transporting natural gas from the Caspian region to across Europe, with routes from Greece and Turkey through to Albanian and the Adriatic Sea before finally reaching Southern Italy. TAP will connect with TANAP (Trans Anatolian Pipeline) at the Greek-Turkish border. Europe will expect to receive volumes of Azerbaijani gas by January 2023.The project will be among the main topics of discussion at the 2nd Azerbaijan & Caspian Sea Oil & Gas Week 2014, 19 – 21 November at the Four Seasons Baku. This leading forum will bring together senior level delegates from Azerbaijan’s growing oil and gas industry. It will assess the latest developments in upstream, midstream and downstream projects.Representatives from National and International Oil Operators will present the future outlook for Azerbaijan’s Oil and Gas industry including SOCAR Turkey, BP, TOTAL and NOCAR. The event will include a 3 day conference and workshop analysing new areas of development and investment in Azerbaijan’s oil and gas projects.Over the past 16 years Azerbaijan has seen $60 million in foreign investment for the oil and gas sector. It continues to be a leader in oil production. Shah Deniz Oil field is the largest in Azerbaijan with reserves between 1.5 – 3 billion barrels. It has put Azerbaijan as a leader in oil production. The TAP project will guarantee continued development of the national economy.
As one of the world’s most ancient oil countries, Azerbaijan continues to draw upon its energy resources to increase its own economic turnover, done largely by co-operating with industry leading companies. This year presents the 20th anniversary of the “Contract of the Century”; a significant point in oil strategy for Azerbaijan and the Caspian region. It involved 11 great oil companies representing 8 countries and it has had an exceptional impact on the economy.
The Azerbaijan and Caspian Sea Oil & Gas Week 2014 is now in its 2nd year and continues to bring together global leading specialists and leaders in the energy sector. Oliver Kinross are a leader in delivering summits of high quality with networking opportunities for the industry.

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Blue Growth a priority as EU launches Adriatic and Ionian Strategy

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 luglio 2014

Mediterranean Sea1Better cooperation between countries in the Adriatic and Ionian regions is needed to address shared challenges and better exploit joint opportunities. This Strategy seeks to facilitate this co-ordination and will help the regions’ 70 million citizens to benefit from a boost in the maritime economy, the preservation of the marine environment, stronger transport and energy links and increased tourism.
The European Commission has officially launched a new EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region to help its 70 million residents to reap the benefit of closer cooperation in areas like promoting the maritime economy, preserving the marine environment, completing transport and energy links and boosting sustainable tourism. The Strategy will also provide a valuable opportunity non EU-countries to work alongside EU members, in particular contributing to the integration of the Western Balkans into the European Union. This is the first EU ‘macro-regional strategy’ with such a large proportion of non-EU countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia) cooperating with EU members (Croatia, Greece, Italy, and Slovenia). The Strategy mainly revolves around the opportunities of the maritime economy – ‘blue growth’, land-sea transport, energy connectivity, protecting the environment and sustainable tourism – sectors that are bound to play a crucial role in creating jobs and boosting economic growth in the region. The starting point for this is the Maritime Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, adopted by the Commission on 30 November 2012 and now incorporated into the Strategy. European Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn commented: “Working together to tackle common challenges and promote shared potential makes great sense. The Adriatic Ionian will be Europe’s third macro-regional strategy. The countries involved should learn lessons from the Baltic Sea and Danube Strategies, namely the importance of focusing on a few priorities with strong political leadership, if it is to have a real impact. In a region that has seen some of Europe’s most serious recent conflicts, the Adriatic Ionian Strategy, with its cooperation between EU and non-EU neighbouring countries, could also play an important part in helping the integration of the Western Balkans into the European Union.” Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries said: “The maritime challenges we face in the Adriatic and Ionian Region are not unique to any one country: from overfishing to pollution, traffic congestion, transport connections and seasonal tourism: the only way that makes sense to tackle these issues is the united, coherent way. Since there is growth potential many of these areas, the action plan for the Adriatic Ionian can help propel the region out the crisis and put its economy back on track.” A pair of countries – one EU Member State and one non-EU country- coordinated the development of each element of the Action Plan: Greece and Montenegro on “Blue Growth”,
Italy and Serbia on “Connecting the Region” (transport and energy networks),
Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina on “Environmental Quality”,
Croatia and Albania on “Sustainable Tourism”.
In addition, capacity building as well as research, innovation and small and medium size business are cross-cutting aspects. Climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as disaster risk management are horizontal principles relevant to all four pillars.

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Ecumenical European meeting on “Crossing borders – at what price?”

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 29 giugno 2014

migrantsThe 19th General Assembly of the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) started on 26 June at the Sigtuna Foundation. The Church of Sweden and the Christian Council of Sweden, the two Swedish member organisations in CCME, are hosting the event in Sigtuna. One of the issues discussed on the opening day is how the churches can influence European countries to take greater responsibility for the refugee crises in our vicinity. Some 80 delegates from CCME’s member organisations gathered from all over Europe, as well as a few representatives of partner organisations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The opening plenary “Crossing borders – at what price?” about the EU’s external borders included experts from civil society from various EU Member States. A hundred years after national borders were installed it is more difficult than ever to enter Europe, especially for those seeking to escape persecution and war. Swedish-Eritrean journalist Meron Estefanos and Swedish journalist and author David Qviström were two of the speakers. “Migration is of course not a new phenomenon; it has existed throughout the history of humankind,” said Doris Peschke, General Secretary of CCME. “In recent history however, crossing borders from outside the European Union has become rather difficult and risky, while inside the EU citizens and long-term residents have the right to move to another EU country. Thus we see both, progress and setbacks with regard to migration in Europe”. The speakers at the General Assembly included Victoria Kamondji, moderator of CCME; Åke Bonnier, Bishop of Skara Diocese; Karin Wiborn, General Secretary of the Christian Council of Sweden; Alf Linderman, Director of Sigtunastiftelsen; Reverend Håkan Sandvik; Seta Hadeshian, Diakonia and Social Justice Unit Director at the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) and Tabitha Kentaro Sabiiti, Policy and Advocacy Officer: Liaison Office to the African Union, the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC). During worship on the theme “Beyond borders” held at the Maria Church participants prayed especially for those who lost their lives on their way to seek safety. Reverend Karin Wiborn said in her sermon; “We use a ship to illustrate the ecumenical work with a boat, the Greek word oikumene means the household or all humanity. Being a part of humanity in an ecumenical way, it could have been me, it is me, suffering. It is me crossing the boarders in Europe. It is me needing.”
The General Assembly will take place at Sigtunastiftelsen (the Sigtuna Foundation) on 26–28 June. Organisational issues such as how closer cooperation with the Conference of European Churches (CEC) could be formed will also be discussed during the days in Sigtuna.
CCME was founded in 1964 by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and today cooperates closely with the Conference of European Churches (CEC). CCME has five areas of work on its agenda: Europe’s responsibility for the protection of refugees, human dignity for migrant workers, work to prevent human trafficking, uniting in diversity and strong ecumenism between domestic and migrant-led churches, and the churches’ work on integration and inclusion.

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Across Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 31 ottobre 2009

The European University Association (EUA) is pleased to announce that it is leading a project to develop a scorecard aimed at benchmarking university autonomy (on the national level) across Europe. The scorecard will be a major tool both at the national level and at the individual institutional level, serving as a reference for national governments wishing to benchmark their progress on governance reforms vis-à-vis other systems, whilst also helping to raise awareness among universities of the differences that exist in Europe. The scorecard will also help record trends and progress on a regular basis, thus effectively contributing to the consolidation of the European Higher Education Area by improving comparability and promoting modernisation of the sector.The starting point for the scorecard will be the findings of the forthcoming EUA Autonomy study, an in depth comparative study of university autonomy across 34 countries based on more than 30 different indicators and focussing on four main areas of institutional autonomy:
This study and the scorecard project will be officially launched in Brussels on the evening of the 30 November at a special event at the Swedish representation to the EU.  While it is generally accepted by universities and indeed many governments that increased autonomy  is necessary for universities to modernise and respond to new demands being placed on higher education, perceptions and terminology regarding institutional autonomy vary greatly in Europe. To compare systems reliably, more systematic mapping of universities’ autonomy and accountability through a set of common indicators is necessary.  Comparability is crucial as autonomy is often linked to concepts like institutional performance, excellence, quality and efficiency.
The European University Association, as the representative organisation of both the European universities and the national rectors’ conferences, is the main voice of the higher education community in Europe. EUA’s mission is to promote the development of a coherent system of European higher education and research.

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