As EU-Azerbaijan Partnership Strengthens, survey shows strong support for Aliyev’s policies 

Survey shows strong support for Aliyev’s policies

More than 90 percent of the text of the new EU-Azerbaijan trade and political agreement deal is already agreed, it has been revealed. The news, which emerged from this week’s Azerbaijan-EU Cooperation Council in Brussels, coincides with publication of a new survey by a French pollster showing that over 85% of those polled appraised  Azerbaijani…

Regional voice in a global academic world

Regional voice in a global academic

I met with Ekaterina Tsaranok the Founder of the Modern Education & Research Institute, based in Brussels, which is dedicated to the modernisation of the teaching profession and to the adaptation of professors to the quickly changing educational environment. The  members of the Institute are universities and individual professors from the countries of Central Asia, the Eastern…

Wanted Man – The story of Mukhtar Ablyazov

The story of Mukhtar Ablyazov

Mukhtar Ablyazov, has been described by the British press as “the world’s richest fraudster” . His story begins in 1963 in a modest village in the southern region of Kazakhstan, and it takes us across continents, through bedrooms and boardrooms, courtrooms and prison cells, to the lofty heights of the U.S. Presidency. This book, subtitled…

European Parliament Calls for End to Daylight Saving

Calls for End to Daylight Saving

MEPs have voted to end the practice of adjusting clocks by an hour in spring and autumn from 2021. EU countries that decide to keep their summer time should make their final clock change on the last Sunday in March 2021. Those that prefer to keep their standard (winter) time, can adjust their clocks for…

Copyright Directive will make Internet Ready for the Future

Copyright Directive will make Internet Ready for the Future

Developers of creative content and news publishers will be empowered to negotiate with internet giants thanks to new copyright rules which also contain safeguards on freedom of expression. MEPs adopted the directive in plenary by 348 votes in favour, 274 against and 36 abstentions. This marks the end of the legislative process for the European…

EIB approves €2.4 bn investment

EIB investment €2.4 bn

The Board of Directors of the European Investment Bank (EIB) has this week approved a total of €2.4 billion of new financing to improve public services, upgrade infrastructure and strengthen private sector investment. ·     €905 million new financing for rail and road transport projects across Europe ·     €1 billion for business investment and corporate…

European Prospects on Ukraine’s Nuclear Market

Prospects on Ukraine’s Nuclear Market

Efforts to combat corruption in Ukraine’s public procurement have started to bear fruit as the new electronic online system “ProZorro” has become increasingly effective and competent, writes James Wilson.  According to Ukrainian law all public procurement tenders must be offered on “ProZorro” which guarantees transparency and the openness of competitive bids in the procurement of…

Parliament To Agree Goods Package For Product Safety in EU

Product Liability to Agree in EU

Rules to ensure better checks and safety of goods sold in the EU have been provisionally agreed by EU lawmakers. The market surveillance proposal, included in the “Goods package”, aims to strengthen checks made by national authorities and customs officers to prevent unsafe products from being sold to EU consumers. These measures should also prevent rogue…

Counterfeit aero engines threaten international aviation security

Russian YAK-130

The Yak-130 combat training aircraft was designed by Yakovlev Design Bureau along with Italy’s Aermacchi, and production was launched in 2009 by the Irkut Corporation in Russia, writes John Buchan. One of the strengths of the plane was a Ukrainian designed AI-222-25 engine created by Ivchenko-Progress SOE. The engine was subsequently produced by Russia’s Salyut…

The Importance For Europe of Kazakhstan’s Nuclear Industry

Kazakhstan's Nuclear Industry

Kazatomprom (The National Atomic Company of the Republic of Kazakhstan) is the world’s biggest uranium producer, with 20% of global production. It commands an important strategic position in a world economy striving to reduce carbon emissions post-Katowice, writes James Wilson. The company has released information to the media about flotation of shares on the stock…