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EUROPE AND VENEZUELA WILL STAND TOGETHER: PRESIDENT`S NICOLAS MADURO AND ANTON CARAGEA PRESS CONFERENCE

Posted by European Council on International Relations on November 16, 2017 at 11:50 AM

President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, has accepted the invitation from Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Jorge Arreaza Montserrat, for a familiarization visit with the realities of the Latin American country.





Jorge Arreaza Montserrat, The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela invited an European delegation to see first hand the realities of Venezuela.



 

Jorge Arreaza Montserrat, The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela has marked in the official invitation letter addressed to European Council on International Relations President:


As the Minister of People Power for International Relations I consider with interest your participation in this space of magnitude importance and your solidarity in this historical moment when we celebrated the legacy of dignity and justice of Comandante Hugo Chavez and of President Nicolas Maduro bequeathed to the Venezuelan people and to the Bolivarian revolution.



The visit of European  delegates took place from 15 to 22 September 2017 and is part of a broader strategy of the Nicolas Maduro government to develop Venezuela and to diversify the nation’s economy and reduce dependence on oil income.






Development is a tool for a better Venezuela: H.E. Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela presents CARACAS candidature for World Capital of Culture and Tourism to H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea , President of EUCIR.




Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, EUCIR President remarked: Venezuela has one of the most diverse climates, with ice capped Andean mountains to the west, Amazon jungle to the south, wide rivers and tall waterfalls surrounded by tabletop mountains and unusual rock formations to the southeast, and a gorgeous, pristine Caribbean coast to the north that has some of the world’s finest and exclusive beaches, such as Los Roques and highest waterfalls on the planet, Angel Falls.





President/Professor Dr. Anton Caragea hosted in MIRAFORES TV studios and National Venezuelan Television.

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During the week-long visit, the high-level European Council delegates hold extensive talks with various officials like: Juan Bautista Arias Palacio – Minister for Basic and Strategic Industries and Socialist Development, Minister for Communications and Information and Minister of Tourism.



Agreements regarding economic cooperation, tourism promotion, TV travel documentaries and bilateral information exchange and cooperation for SDG completion in the framework of Parliamentary Assembly for Sustainable Development Goals where tabled.



Cooperation in the field of tourism promotion and ECTT technical support for Caracas drafting a coherent plan to obtain the election as World Capital of Culture and Tourism was also agreed.



The highlights of the visit, where the two memorable encounters with President Nicolas Maduro.




On September 19, 2017, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea took the distinct honor to sign the HONORARY BOOK at MIRAFLORES Presidential Palace.




On 17 September 2017, the delegates part take in the President TV Show: Sundays with Maduro! together with Evo Morales, Bolivian President.





Evo Morales, President of Bolivia presents a tourism booklet to European  delegation.



During the discussions, the tourism and cultural connections between the two countries were tabled and Professor Dr. Anton Caragea has given as gifts to the two President’s his latest book on Interference of Civilizations in European Union Project.



On 19 September 2017, in the conclusion of The International March of Solidarity with Venezuela, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea was invited for a photo session with President Nicolas Maduro, signed the Honorary Book at Miraflores Palace and has given an interview to the Miraflores TV Channel, expressing his support for Bolivarian Revolution role in forging a free and democratic Latin America.


The cultural program of the visit included discovery trips to Natural Sanctuary of Waraira Repano, a tour of Caracas landmarks like The Cathedral of Caracas, Saint Francis, Simon Bolivar birthplace etc.

 




The cable car of Caracas connecting the city with Waraira Repano.



A special day was dedicated to offering respect for Venezuelan history major figures, with a visit to National Pantheon and a stop to Simon Bolivar funeral monument and Francisco Miranda tomb.

 




Simon Bolivar: The Hero of Latin American Liberation struggle: a lay over charged with respect for official delegates.



An emotionally charged moment was the visit to Mountain Quarter (Quartel de la Montana) the place where the architect of the Bolivarian Revolution and the apostle of the poor`s: Commander Hugo Chavez is laid for eternal rest surrounded by world gratitude and love.


The delegates witnessed the changing of the guard and where hart struck by the powerful words of remembering for the fallen hero: Chavez lives!





President Dr. Anton Caragea in a moment of respect in front of the Commander HUGO CHAVEZ Mausoleum in Mountain Quarter (Quartel de la Montana).



The European delegation visit to Venezuela has given a new impetus to the relations between nations and their attendance to the world solidarity movement with Venezuela has being registered with gratitude by the people of the Caribbean nation, proudly building a revolution of freedom and dignity.


 

Venezuela it is blessed with an impressive diversity of natural treasures including crystalline beaches, dense jungles, expansive savannas and imposing mountains and we hope that the beautiful city of Caracas will have a fighting chance in WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM competition, stated President Dr. Anton Caragea.

 


It will be an incredible boost for all Caribbean region concluded the President.





Caracas: a candidate city for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

 




The telepheric connecting Caracas and Waraira Repano





Natural sanctuary of Waraira Repano

 




MIRAFLORES Presidential Palace: the beating heart of Venezuela welcomed ECTT President!

 




Cathedral of Caracas: a splendid architectural marvel.

 




Saint Francisc Church of Caracas.

NICOLAS MADURO, VENEZUELAN LEADER IS CREATING THE BOLIVARIAN DIPLOMACY OF PEACE

Posted by European Council on International Relations on November 16, 2017 at 11:05 AM




Under President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela has become one of the leaders of the democratic world.

 



President Nicolas Maduro has just return to Caracas after a tour of Kazakhstan, Algeria, Middle East ( having meetings with leaders of Turkey, Iran, Kazakhstan,Russia and Algeria) and from 16 to 17 September 2017 will host the WORLD CONFERENCE: WE ARE ALL VENEZUELA. DIALOG FOR PEACE, SOVEREIGNTY AND BOLIVARIAN DEMOCRACY.




Venezuelan capital-Caracas will host the leaders interested in world democratic dialogue and values in a two days long global dialogue.




In less than a week the Bolivarian revolution leader has succeeded in linking Venezuela with the main petrol exporting countries, managed to create a bridge of friendship between Latin America and Central Asia and will play host to world leaders and democratic movement heads garnering not only to express support for Venezuela but also to enact the Bolivarian diplomacy, the concept carved out and placed at the fore by the Venezuelan president.



The call to the WORLD CONFERENCE: WE ARE ALL VENEZUELA. DIALOG FOR PEACE, SOVEREIGNTY AND BOLIVARIAN DEMOCRACY! is the most complete and exhaustive description of the main aims of Bolivarian diplomacy and must be regarded as a crux in the development of a multipolar world, a world of democracy and peace.

 


In order to better understand this call for global peace, launched with the help and supervision of President Nicolas Maduro we are presenting in full the text of the message to the peoples of the world:

 



MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLES OF THE WORLD

FOR PEACE, SOVEREIGNTY AND DEMOCRACY IN VENEZUELA



We, citizens of the world, workers, members of social movements, civil rights organizations and political parties, academics, intellectuals and creators, denounce before humanity the international conspiracy led by the Government of Donald Trump against the people of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, its Government and its legitimate authorities.


Under a speech of racial supremacy, intolerance and warmongering, which remind us of the darkest times of fascism, the Government of Donald Trump wages a political, diplomatic, economic and media aggression, including the military option, to undermine Venezuelan democracy, to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro and to establish a government that serves the interests of Washington.


The neocolonial restoration process in Venezuela seeks to deprive the Venezuelan people from its sovereignty and return to the global powers control over the immense riches and resources of the country.


This conspiracy against a sovereign country, which openly violates international law, makes progress thanks to the full support of the great media transnational companies, and the shameful support of neoliberal and antigrassroots governments.


Last April, a US financed political violence campaign began – through the Venezuelan opposition – and was presented to the world as civil and pacific protests. In addition to this propaganda, a smear campaign was also launched against the Venezuelan democracy before the world public opinion, by projecting Venezuela’s government as a dictatorship that violates human rights and drives the country into an alleged deep humanitarian crisis.


Truth is that the only purpose of this campaign is to overthrow the legitimate Government of Venezuela by spreading death, chaos and violence, following the style of the “Color Revolutions”. Since then, more than a hundred people have died and more than two thousand people have been wounded.


The political violence promoted by Washington has caused significant material damage and suffering to the Venezuelan people.


The latest manifestation of this plot is the discredit of the elections held on July 30th, in which eight millions of Venezuelans elected a National Constituent Assembly.


Thanks to the National Constituent Assembly election, the Venezuelan people defeated violence in the streets and restored peace. From July 30th, a process of stabilization of civil and political life has begun through the participation of all the political parties in the next regional elections for governors to be held in October.


Due to the latest threat of military force by Donald Trump and the financial blockade imposed on Venezuela, the supremacist government of Washington


has intensified the conflict, and has publicly expressed its intention to “choke” the Venezuelan economy.


We reject the escalating aggressions against Venezuela by the US administration.


Venezuela is a nation that has been building people’s democracy in a peaceful manner for 18 years now.


The Bolivarian democracy has returned the control of natural resources to the country, has redistributed wealth in favor of the working class and the humble sectors of society, and has guaranteed the social rights of all its population.

 





President Nicolas Maduro is welcomed around the world as a messenger of peace, democracy and dialogue.


 


Venezuela social achievements in the field of education, health care, social protection, social security universalization and indigenous communities’ rights have proven that it is possible to make democracy more democratic.


Its ecosocialist approach challenges those who impose the plundering of common goods of humanity by transnational elites.


Venezuela does not represent a threat to any country in the world. Since its independence, more than 200 years ago, it has never engaged in a military conflict, nor has it ever participated in wars or aggressions against other nations.


For the peace-loving people and the peoples of the world, Venezuela is a beacon of hope. This hope is threatened today by the supremacist ideology of Washington. The US ruling elite has decided to block political dialog in Venezuela and bring this country into a fratricidal conflict in order to justify this elite’s intervention plan.


We alert the world to the serious threat to world peace created by the warmongering obsession of Donald Trump. A military aggression against Venezuela or the overthrow of the Bolivarian Revolution will cause in the hemisphere a crisis of historic proportions in all orders, and will break integrationist efforts, taking away the purposes of all the nations of our region that have declared Latin America and the Caribbean a zone of peace.


The world must stop Washington madness. In the name of humanity, we demand that Donald Trump withdraw the threat of military aggression and repeal the economic sanctions and financial blockade against the Venezuelan people.


For all the above reasons, we call on all respectable men and women, from all places, ideologies and beliefs, on those who dream of a world of justice and equality, to join the WORLD CONFERENCE: WE ARE ALL VENEZUELA. DIALOG FOR PEACE, SOVEREIGNTY AND BOLIVARIAN DEMOCRACY, to be held in Caracas, Venezuela, on September 16th and 17th, and from that date on, in various parts of the world.


This day of global mobilization will bring together the solidarity of the peoples with the homeland of Simon Bolivar.


Venezuela is not alone. Today, we honor the brave Venezuelan people in their struggle for peace and dialog and in their defense of national dignity and sovereignty.


Mahatma Gandhi said: “There is no way to peace, peace is the only way.”


And Che Guevara, with his example of humanity, affirmed: “Solidarity is the tenderness of the peoples”.


In view of the imperial threat and warmongering, let us say today in the words of the great poet Pablo Neruda, our flag and our victory will be peace.


“Peace for the twilights to come …peace for the city in the morning when bread wakes up…”

Peace so that Venezuela continues to illuminate the future.

PUBLIC STATEMENT OF EUROPEAN ELECTION MISSION: KAZAKHSTAN ELECTIONS FROM 26 APRIL 2015 WHERE IN ACCORDANCE WITH COPENHAGEN DECLARATION

Posted by European Council on International Relations on May 5, 2015 at 10:10 AM

On 5th May 2015 the presentation of the ASSESSMENT OF EARLY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IN KAZAKHSTAN ON 26 APRIL 2015 was held in a public ceremony.


 

The assessment report was compiled by European delegation lead by President of European Council on International Relation, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

 



President Anton Caragea on International Press Conference

 


Meeting the local and international press: Professor Dr. Anton Caragea presents the ASSESSMENT OF EARLY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IN KAZAKHSTAN ON 26 APRIL 2015.


 

The report had analyzed the pre-election legal framework, the provisions of electoral laws and regulations and the constitutional requirements and the international obligations assumed by Kazakhstan and concluded the elections preparation had fully complied with the legal, constitutional and international standards and the prerequisite factors for free and fair elections compatible with transparency and democratic standards are in place in Kazakhstan.

 


Between 22 to 29 April 2015 a European delegation had monitored the electoral process in Kazakhstan.

 


The delegation headed by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-President of European Council on International Relation was comprised amongst others by Chairman of Senate Committee on Romanians Abroad-Senator Marcel Dumitru Bujor, the academic director-Professor Mircea Constantinescu and a number of electoral supervisors.

 


The delegation had monitored the Kazakhstan electoral process and the team directed by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea was deployed to south Kazakhstan regions of: Almaty, Chimkent and Turkistan.

 


The elections benefited from an impressive presence to the poll of over 95% percent of the electorate and the winner was the incumbent president Nursultan Nazarbayev with more than 8 millions legally expressed votes.

 



 

Every vote is counted! Every voice is heard! This is the essence of democracy!

 

 


The conclusion of the Assessment Report was that Kazakhstan elections where fully in agreement with internal laws and international standards, being classified as an example of transparency, organization and massive electoral participation.


 

All this factors are self evident manifestations of the Kazakh people trust in the electoral system, in free and fair and transparent electoral process and most of all in people satisfaction with the national economic and political system.

 

This satisfaction has being the catalyst of a huge electoral participation.

 


The overwhelming vote in favor of incumbent president was a predictable one as a supporting vote for stability, continuity and economic and democratic development.

 


The Republic of Kazakhstan can consider, on good reasons that his transition towards democracy was favorable concluded with 26 April 2015 election.

 


The country can be classified as a functional democracy, that can accede in the future, to the status of consolidated democracy, had declared Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

 


Afterwards, the electoral monitoring body has outlined for the mass media some practical recommendations for future improvements in the electoral process and offered examples from their monitoring experiences, to be used as a template for declaring in the future Kazakhstan as a consolidated functional democracy.

EUCIR STATEMENT: PRESIDENT NURSULTAN NAZARBAYEV RE-ELECTION WAS FAIR AND SQUARE

Posted by European Council on International Relations on May 5, 2015 at 10:10 AM

EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS 

 

ELECTORAL ASSESSMENT ON

 

26 APRIL 2015

 

EARLY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN

 

 

INTRODUCTION


 

According to an official invitation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Kazakhstan to observe the 26 April 2015 snap presidential election, the EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS decided to evaluate the political, judicial, legislative and general framework of the early presidential election from 26 April 2015.

 


The aim of the evaluation process was to assess the pre-election environment and the preparations for the presidential election.

 


The evaluation process comprised in legislative text analyses, assessment of general political situation in the country and the conformity with general accepted democratic practices and regulation and with bona fide principles.

 


Taken into account were also: public opinions, statements and discussions expressed by officials from different Kazakhstan institutions and the election and civil administration, as well as official spokespersons from political parties, media outlets, civil society personalities, and the international community.

 

 


GENERAL ASSESSMENT OF LAW PROVISIONS

 

 


According with the law prescriptions the presidential vote will start on 26 April 2015, giving the voters the chance to elect the president for a five-year term.


 

The law encapsulates also the necessary democratic prescriptions for an open and fair electoral process.

 


The April 26, 2015 election will be the fourth consecutive national election called on early bases, a supplementary proof of a democratic and viable electoral system.

 


The laws that are governing the presidential elections are governed by the Constitution, the Constitutional Law on Elections (Election Law), and regulations of the Central Election Commission (CEC).

 


The assessment process considered that Kazakhstan is a viable and fully committed party to all major international and regional instruments related to the holding of democratic elections and had continuously and full abiding by his international democratic regulations.

 


There have been no changes to the Election Law since the last elections held in 2011, and we have to mention that in 2011 the Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS had find that the law and regulation governing the electoral process in Kazakhstan are completely corresponding to international laws and regulation insuring a perfect electoral process.

 


The authorities Kazakhstan authorities underlined in all public statements their nation commitment to conduct elections in compliance with the principles of openness, transparency and fairness.

 


The election will be administered by a complex and modern system of commissions, composed of Central Electoral Commission and including number of 14 Territorial Election Commissions and the City Election Commissions for Astana`s and Almaty`s regions, 207 District Election Commissions, and more than 9,000 Local Election Commissions (LECs).

 


The Central Electoral Commission composition and activity is fully independent and in perfect correspondence with international laws and regulations insuring the independence of electoral and monitoring process.

 


In the list of democratic provisions the Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS noted:

 


The fact that all citizens over 18 years of age have the right to vote, there is a nationwide electronic voter list to identify duplicate entries.

 


Presidential candidates are required to be citizens by birth, at least 40 years old, fluent in the state language, and officially resident in Kazakhstan for at least 15 years.

 


The same recommendation is made on this element as in 2011: The Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS considers necessary a general recommendation for all states to include such provisions in their electoral laws insuring a perfect national representations to the highest office of the land.

 


The Election Law guarantees the right to conduct an unimpeded campaign for or against any candidate.

 


In the democratic landscape of Kazakhstan, the Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS noted the existence of a powerful independent media, with an impressive number of mass media entities operating in the country.

 


Also a full independent television network is offering a perfect dialogue and information source.

 


The Kazakhstan Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and prohibits censorship.

 


Keeping in mind that no elections can be considered as free and democratic without the presence of international observers the Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS decided to support Kazakhstan electoral process and democratic credential by monitoring and observing all stages of the 2015, 26 April Early Presidential Election in Kazakhstan. 

 

The Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS has monitored the full electoral process, candidate registration, and the campaign, media, and Election Day procedures with an on-site mission between 22-29 April 2015.

 



Turkestan Election Committee

 

 


III. ELECTION CLIMATE ANALYSES

 

FACT FINDING

 


Kazakhstan is a fully flagged democratic republic, respecting the equilibrium of powers and balanced distribution of constitutional powers.

 

 


The president is acting in full respect of the democratic system and the country has a long tradition of political process in a democratic manner and with all the guarantees for an inclusive and democratic process.

 


The institutional system is offering a perfect balanced voice to parliamentary and representations system.

 


The 26 April 2015 Early Presidential Election where convened in a perfect transparent and inclusive manner at the request of the highest representative and democratic institution in the country: Assembly of People of Kazakhstan.

 


The decision was upheld fully constitutional and legal based by the Constitutional Council.

 


The democratic initiative for an early presidential election was supported by the Kazakhstan Parliament and, on 25 February, the Kazakhstan President announced the election would be held on 26 April.

 


As we have mentioned previously the next election will be the fourth consecutive national election to be called early.

 


On 27 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan stressed the nation’s commitment to conduct a free and fair election in line with the principles of openness, transparency and fairness.

 

 


The Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS considers that the electoral process is fundamental, in law provisions and spirit and in technical consideration perfectly administered, offering a perfect climate and an open and inclusive and in full fairness political discourse resulted in a perfect competitive electoral environment.

 

 


LEGAL FRAMEWORK

 

 


Regarding the previous respect to democratic commitments, the Republic of Kazakhstan has fully respected his international obligations regarding construction of a free electoral consultation.


 

We must note that: European Council on International Relations has made an in-depth analysis of the electoral law and constitutional framework of the Republic of Kazakhstan during 2011 Kazakhstan Presidential elections.

 

 


The focus of this analysis where: the mass media law, the election law, the political laws and the Constitutional Law of Kazakhstan and had operated a surveillance of the measure taken by the Central Electoral Commission in order to insure a free and open election atmosphere.

 

 


The conclusion of the European Council on International Relations monitoring commission was that: the necessary steps in order to insure an honest and balanced electoral consultation respecting democratic standards were taken by Government of Kazakhstan.

 

 


The European Union monitoring mission insured also the Election Day supervision, the supervision of counting and tabulation of elections results in a significant and representative number of sections and commissions.

 


The conclusions of the committee findings can be summon up as an endorsement of the law and constitutional provisions of Kazakhstan electoral system.

 

 


In the 26 April 2015 the same principles and laws are applying as in 2011 elections case.

 

 


The primary legal framework for presidential elections includes the Constitution, the Constitutional Law on Elections (Election Law), and regulations of the Central Election Commission (CEC). Other relevant laws include the Law on the President, the Law on Political Parties, the Civil Procedures Code, the Criminal Code, the Administrative Offences Code, the Law on Peaceful Assemblies, and various local regulations related to public assemblies. Kazakhstan is a party to major international and regional instruments related to the holding of democratic elections

 

 


The president is directly elected by popular vote in a two-round system.

 


To be elected in the first round of voting, a candidate must receive more than half of all votes cast.

 

 

If no candidate reaches the required majority, the two candidates receiving the most votes contest a second round within two months of the first round, in which the candidate who receives the higher number of votes is considered elected.

 

 


A 2007 constitutional amendment reduced the presidential term from seven to five years and exempted the first president – the incumbent President Nazarbayev – from the established limit of two consecutive terms.

 


In 2010, the first president was given the privileged legal status of Kazakhstan’s „Leader of the Nation” according to a parliamentary vote and respecting the constitutional framework, in a fully law abiding manner.

 

 


The incumbent president has been in office since 1991 and had a proven history of respecting the democratic rule of political process and respecting constitutional and legal boundaries. 

 


ELECTION SUPERVISIONS AND ADMINISTRATION

  


The election will be administered by a four-layer system of election commissions.

The election administration comprises the CEC, 14 Territorial Election Commissions and the City Election Commissions of Astana and Almaty (collectively referred to as TECs), 207 District Election Commissions (DECs), and more than 9,000 Local Election Commissions (LECs) including some 65 polling stations abroad.

 


The Republic of Kazakhstan had acquiesce to the fallowing instrumental accords for up-holding democratic values: the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 1979 Convention for Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, 1965 International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, 2003 Convention against Corruption, 2006 Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,, and the 2002 Convention on the Standards of Democratic Elections, Electoral Rights and Freedoms in the Member States of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

 

 


Kazakhstan is also a fully flagged member of the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission, a supplementary proof of the country definitive election of the democratic ways.

 


Membership and submission to all the previously noted agreements and treaty are creating a perfect election environment in accordance with international laws.

 

 


PROCEDURES FOR CANDIDATE NOMINATION AND REGISTRY

 

 


The Constitution and electoral law are offering the climate for an inclusive and representative participation in the electoral race: the presidential candidate may be nominated through self-nomination or by a public association, including a political party.


All equally candidates are required to be citizens by birth, to have at least 40 years old, to be fluent in the Kazakh language (a condition to be observed by the Linguistic Commission, an independent body that should provide its conclusions to the Central Electoral Commission who will make the final decision on candidatures), and to be an officially resident of Kazakhstan for at least 15 years.

 


The nomination period that had ended on 15 March 2015 had permitted for three candidates to outline their candidature and obtain at least 93,000 valid signatures equally representing at least two-thirds of the regions as well as the cities of Astana and Almaty.

 


In addition they need to pay an election deposit of 1,060,000 Kazakhstan Tenge (KZT) and present tax declarations for themselves and their spouse.

 

The necessary prescriptions for barring from standing for office for persons related to crimes of found guilty of corruption-related crimes or administrative offences have being taken.

 

 

The language test consists of an examination of prospective candidates‟ reading, writing and speaking abilities.

 

 


Three candidates will run in the upcoming early presidential elections in Kazakhstan after law provisions: the incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the challenger from the Communist People’s Party Turgun Syzdykov and self-nominee Abelgazi Kusainov, according to a report from the Central Election Commission.

 


The time for submission of applications for participation in the presidential election in Kazakhstan ended on March 15.

 

According to the CEC secretary Bakhyt Meldeshov, as of 2015, March 16, the CEC got 27 applications.

 


The CEC decided to refuse registration to Limana Koishiyeva, Kanat Turageldiyev, Zharylkap Kalybai and Khasen Kozha-Akhmet, who all successfully passed the Kazakh language but failed to provide all the law required documents.

 


The CEC also denied registration to six candidates for the presidency of Kazakhstan for failing to appear for the Kazakh language exam which is mandatory under the law): self-nominees Yakobzhan Dzhunisbekov, Kairat Maishev, Aigul Utepova, Kanat Yeszhanov, Amantai Kazhy and Birzhan Dilmagambetov.

 


Mels Yeleusizov, Zhaksybai Bazilbayev and Mukhamedrakhim Kursabayev withdrew their candidacies on their own, a move the CEC approved.

 

 


The registration of candidates came to an end on March 25.

 

 


As of 2015 March 26, three candidates have the right to proceed with the election campaigning: Nursultan Nazarbayev, Turgun Syzdykov and Abelgazi Kusainov.

 

Conclusion: Under the full scrutiny of the democratic process in Kazakhstan, The Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS considers that the period of registrations of candidature and the provisions of the law have being full respected and all the necessary procedural steps have being address insuring a perfect democratic character to the first phase of the election procedures.


 

 

Recommendation: The Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS considers that a higher number of signatures on the candidate’s signature list will be a beneficial addition offering a better selection of serious candidates.

 

 



CAMPAIGN AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE. ANTI MONEY LAUNDRY PROVISIONS

 

 


The election campaign starts on 26 March, the day after the end of candidate registration, and lasts until 24 April, when the silence period starts.

 


The Election Law guarantees citizens and public associations the right to conduct an unimpeded campaign for or against any candidate. Local authorities are mandated to provide space for the placement of campaign posters on an equal basis and candidates may also post materials on

 


To finance their campaign, the CEC informed that each candidate is entitled to receive a minimum of KZT seven million (some EUR35, 000) from the state budget. In addition, candidates are allowed to use their own funds and accept donations from citizens and organizations, as well as funds from the nominating body, up to a combined total of KZT 577 million.

 


Foreign and anonymous donations are prohibited.

 

 


Candidates are obliged to open dedicated bank accounts for these funds.

The banks should notify the CEC if the spending limits are exceeded. Five days after the announcement of the election results, candidates are obliged to submit a report on their campaign finance to the election administration.

 


The CEC adopted a resolution on the campaign expenditures to be covered from the state budget. Each candidate is provided with funds for a fifteen minutes speech on TV, a ten-minute speech on the radio, as well as to publish two articles in printed newspapers.

 

 


According to the CEC the amount of funding provided to candidates for their election campaigning in the media was calculated based on the existing rates provided by the Committee for Communications, Computerization and Information of the Ministry of Investment and Development of Kazakhstan.

 


“Funds in the amount of 5,250,000 tenge ($28,237) are allocated to the candidates for a 15-minute speech.

 


For the 10-minute presentation of the program on the radio each candidate receives 200,000 tenge ($1,075). To publish two printed articles each candidate receives 810,000 tenge ($4,356). Candidates will also receive funds to rent premises for meetings with voters in the amount of 200,000 tenge and another 250,000 tenge ($1,345) to print out campaign materials. Each of the registered candidates will receive 300,000 tenge ($1,613) for travel expenses,” the CEC said.

 

 


Conclusions: The Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS stated that offering a full financial support and insuring transparency and strict supervision policies are all decisions destined to discouraging money laundry, political corruption and in offering a fare and equal based financial support for all candidates, a fundamental base of democratic elections.

 

 


The Election Law is the main legal source addressing candidate rights to campaign in the media, providing equal access to state-funded airtime and print space, as well as the right to purchase additional airtime and space. Each candidate is entitled to 15 minutes of free airtime on television, 10 minutes of free airtime on radio, and 2 free articles in newspapers. For paid advertisement, all media are obliged to provide the price list of paid advertisements to the CEC, no later than 10 days after the election is announced.

 

 


FINAL CONCLUSIONS ON ELECTION OBSERVATION

 

 


One of the most important aspects in organizing internationally recognized and valid electoral process is the presence of international and internally accepted monitors.


 

According to Central Electoral Commission a number of 10.000 internal registered observers will by surveying the poll and number of 1.000 international monitors will also insure a country wide supervision of the electoral process.

 


The Kazakhstan Election Law provides for international and citizen observers, as well as authorized representatives of registered candidates.

There is an accreditation procedure and observers are required to present a letter from their nominating organization and their identification documents to the election commission where they will observe the process.

 

We consider that the electoral system is offering the checks and balances necessary to insure a perfect democratic consultation.

 



Voting in Shymkent-26 April 2015

  


PRE-ELECTION PERIOD

  


The Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS consider that the pre-election period was marked by full transparency, honesty and a calm electoral climate conducive to an all inclusive electoral climate.


 

 

We consider that in the early presidential election (26 April 2015) pre-election campaign Kazakhstan has fulfilled all his legal obligation on holding open, free, and fair and equal opportunity driven elections.

 

 


The conclusion of the EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS Monitoring Committee is that: the necessary steps in order to insure an honest and balanced electoral consultation respecting democratic standards were fully taken by The Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

 

 


As a result on 20th April 2015 the Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS decided to deploy an election mission to follow the Election Day process countrywide, and to supervise the Election Day activities, including voting, counting, and tabulation of results.

 


We must also underline that: election commissions at all levels handled technical aspects of the election in a professional manner in the pre-election and election period.

 


Their sessions were openly and transparently monitored by observers and the media.

 



 

Controlling the election list

 


CONCLUSIONS ON ELECTION DAY AND ELECTIONS RESULTS. POLITICAL CONTEXT:

 

 


The political environment in Kazakhstan is characterized by the presence of strong political parties with national scale activities, with genuine pluralism and a vibrant political discourse.


 

NGOs operate in a permissive environment, and after 2015 reform bill that is providing supplementary funding for NGO`S, offering opportunities for personal and institutional development and improving the sphere of activity for all NGO`s bodies, in such a manner that they can fulfil their role in providing quality services for Kazakhstani citizens.

 


Kazakhstan is enjoying a system that is open and full of liberty and the reform on NGO`s field has allowed Kazakhstan to obtain high quality services from the area of civil society.

 



 

Voting on the Election Day-Almaty

 

 

ELECTION DAY

 

Election Day was calm, with no obstacle in the voting process and open to all electors in a transparent manner and a turnout of almost 95 per cent was reported.


 

OPENING OF POLLING STATION AND VOTING

 

 


Opening procedures were assessed positively in most polling stations visited.


 

The voting was done in a normal manner, no signs of forced presence, mass presence or suspicious persons or any control of voters where not observed.

 


The lack of any coercion in electoral activities was clearly marked.

 


No electoral tourism or mass migration of electors from one electoral station to another was registered.

 


There where also some shortcomings as: voters who did not know how to act on electoral sections, the lack of proper instructions in the management of the electoral process were also registered in some cases.

 

 



 

Voting in Uzbek Minority zone-Sauran (Shymkent-South Kazakhstan region)

 


COUNTING

 

The international observers appreciated that the counting was done in an orderly, open and transparent manner, allowing for the viewing and registration of each vote; no staffing of urns was reported.

 

 

Some minor glitches where reported as: lack of information regarding the opening and manipulation of mobile urns, lack of clear procedures regarding annulled votes.


 

The overall climate of the counting process was an open and transparent one.

 

 



 

Opening the urns and counting the votes

 

 


TABULATION AND ANNOUNCEMENTS OF RESULTS

 

 


The tabulation process throughout the whole country was transparent in compliance with the Kazakhstan international assumed obligations of Copenhagen Document prescribing that the results will be: “counted and reported honestly”


 

 

FINAL CONCLUSIONS ON ELECTORAL RESULTS OF KAZAKHSTAN EARLY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS ON 26 APRIL 2015

 

 


In the final conclusions of the observation and monitoring activities opened on the territory of Republic of Kazakhstan between 22-29 April 2015 the Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS decided:


 

 

The pre-election period and campaign was characterized by a free and open legislation, encompassing all the necessary legal and constitutional procedures granting any Kazakhstan society member the right to partake on the election, to present and promote his candidature and to have the opportunity to express his views and vote.

 


The campaign climate was peaceful, open with no pressures upon the voters, with anti-money laundry provision insuring an equal opportunity climate for all the candidates.

 

 


The Election Day activities where conducted in a transparent manner, without pressure or state authorities’ intervention in a manner conducive to allowing the free expression of the Kazakh people.

 

 


The Early Presidential Elections in Kazakhstan held on 26 April 2015 where assessed by “1026 representatives of foreign states, international organizations and foreign media,” according to Kazakhstan’s Central Electoral Commission (CEC) .

 


Additionally a number of 10.000 internal observers where deployed at all polling stations in the country offering the necessary checks and balances for an democratic electoral process.

 

 


In conclusion we appreciate that the vote of 26 April 2015 has expressed in a democratic manner the views and the decision of Kazakhstan people and the electoral process was clearly transparent, open, all inclusive and genuine democratic in nature and organization.

 

 


ANNEXED DOCUMENTS

 

FINAL ELECTION RESULT ON PROVINCES OF KAZAKHSTAN REPORT

 


On the results of early elections of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, on April 26, 2015


 

 

April 26, 2015 held a special election of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

 

The voter turnout was 95.22%.

 

On the basis of the protocols of oblast, Astana and Almaty election commissions on the results of the counting of votes at the extraordinary elections of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, on April 26, 2015, the Central Election Commission It reports that voter lists for a single national constituency included 9,547,864 people, of whom took part in the vote 9,090,920 people, or 95.21 percent. Outside the polling voted 152,016 voters.

 

Candidates for the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan ran for 3 people.

 

In voting the candidates for President of the Republic of Kazakhstan gained the following number of votes: Akmola oblast:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 449 votes or 0.10 percent of voters who took part in voting;

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 438,917 votes, or 98.42 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 6,600 votes or 1.48 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

In the Aktobe region:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 1906 votes or 0.44 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 420,824 votes, or 97.60 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 8,450 votes or 1.96 percent of voters who participated in voting;

 

Almaty region:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 1951 votes or 0.21 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 919,096 votes, or 98.94 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 7896 votes, or 0.85 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

The Atyrau region:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 1,736 votes or 0.60 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 284,215 votes, or 98.22 per cent of voters who took voting;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 3406 votes or 1.18 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

On the East Kazakhstan region:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 4,559 votes or 0.55 percent of voters, who participated in voting,

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 810,754 votes, or 98.37 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 8,875 votes or 1.08 percent of voters, who took part in the vote,

 

In Zhambyl region:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 3,167 votes or 0.63 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 492,148 votes, or 97.90 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 7390 votes or 1.47 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

On the West Kazakhstan:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 2,741 votes or 0.71 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 378,819 votes, or 98.13 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 4,478 votes or 1, 16 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

In Karaganda region:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 8,480 votes or 1.07 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 779 191 votes or 98, 30 per cent of voters who took part in voting;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 4,995 votes or 0.63 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

In Kostanai region:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 5,050 votes or 0.97 percent of voters, who participated in voting,

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 507,806 votes or 97.55 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 7,704 votes or 1.48 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Kyzylorda oblast:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 3,465 votes or 0.90 percent of the vote, who took part in the vote;

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 378,443 votes or 98.10 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 3864 votes, or 1.0 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Mangistau region:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 707 votes or 0.24 percent of voters, who took part in the voting,

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 287,279 votes, or 97.54 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 6538 votes or 2.22 percent of voters who took participate in the vote;

 

In Pavlodar region:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 3,060 votes or 0.70 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 429,994 votes, or 98.35 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 4153 votes or 0.95 percent of voters, who took part in the vote,

 

In the North-Kazakhstan region:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 1878 votes or 0.51 percent of voters, who participated in voting,

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 362,068 votes or 98.33 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 4271 votes or 1.16 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

The South-Kazakhstan region:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 5242 votes or 0.43 percent of voters who participated voting;

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 1207826 votes, or 98.40 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 14,361 votes or 1.17 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

In the city of Astana:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 1331 votes or 0.34 percent of voters, who took part in the voting,

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 385,715 votes, or 98.54 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 4384 votes or 1.12 percent of voters who took part in voting;

 

In Almaty:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 11,996 votes or 1.48 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 750,155 votes, or 92.55 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 48391 votes or 5.97 percent of voters, who took part in the vote,

 

In the Republic of Kazakhstan:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 57,718 votes or 0.64 percent of voters, who participated in voting,

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 8,833,250 votes, or 97.75 percent of the vote who took part in the vote;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 145,756 votes or 1.61 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

In accordance with Article 65 of the Constitutional Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated 28 September 1995 “On elections in the Republic of Kazakhstan” is considered to be elected President of the Republic Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, born 1940, Kazakh, and member of the party “Nur Otan”, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, lives in Astana.

 

 

Source: Central Election Commission of the Republic of Kazakhstan

 

 


FINAL ELECTION RESULTS ON THE COUNTRY LEVEL

 

 

Candidate

 

Party

 

Votes

 

%

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev

 

Nur Otan

 

8,833,250

 

97.75

 

Turgun Syzdykov

 

Communist People’s Party

 

145,756

 

1.61

 

Abelgazi Kusainov

 

Independent

 

57,718

 

0.64

 

Invalid/blank votes

 

54,196

 

 

Total

 

9,090,920

 

100

 

Registered voters/turnout

 

9,547,864

 

95.21

 

Source: CEC

 

 

The headquarter of International Election Press Centre-Almaty

EUROPEAN MONITORING MISSION DEPLOYED TO KAZAKHSTAN FOR 2015 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

Posted by European Council on International Relations on May 5, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Kazakhstan is preparing to hold early elections on 26 of April 2015, with threecontenders competing for the country top post: incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the challenger from the Communist People’s Party- Turgun Syzdykov and self-nominee Abelgazi Kusainov.


 

In the preparation of the 2015 election, the country top watch dog-Central Electoral Commission announced that more than 1.000 international observers will be accredited to monitor the elections and more than 10.000 national observers will also control the polling process.

 


The European Council on International Relations had decided to monitor the electoral process developed in Kazakhstan, on the occasion of April 26, 2015 snap presidential election.

 

 



Kazakhstan 2011 Election where hailed as a perfect example by the international community

 


On 20th of April 2015, the preliminary, pre-election report on monitoring the legislative framework and the preparation for the elections, to be held in Kazakhstan, where read open by the team of experts from European Council on International Relations.


 

The report outlines the fact that: „The Election Monitoring Committee of European Council on International Relations considers that the period of registrations of candidature and the provisions of the law have being full respected and all the necessary procedural steps have being address insuring a perfect democratic character to the first phase of the election procedures.”

 


After analyzing the constitutional prescription, the laws, the Central and Local Electoral Committee management and prerogatives, the funding operating system , the publicity and equal promotion framework the report remarks: „The conclusion of the European Council on International Relations monitoring Committee is that: the necessary steps in order to insure an honest and balanced electoral consultation respecting democratic standards were fully taken by The Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan.”

 


The conclusions of the group of experts comprised of parliamentarians lead by Senators Marcel Dumitru Bujor, Ionel Agrigoroaei, Constantin Popa, academicians lead by Professor Dr. Mircea Constantinescu and electoral experts team lead by Mr. Gheorghe Cealfa where received by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-President of European Council on International Relations.

 


Professor Dr. Anton Caragea accepted the findings of the report and agreed with his recommendation: that a team of experts and parliamentarians from European Council on International Relations will follow the Election Day process countrywide, and will supervise the Election Day activities, including voting, counting, and tabulation of results in the Republic of Kazakhstan presidential elections.

 


Based on this report Professor Dr. Anton Caragea accepted to lead a monitoring mission for Kazakhstan Presidential Election. ″We are not accepting such a monitoring mission, if we don’t have the confidence that the organizing state is committed in respecting fundamental values and democratic process″,

 


Kazakhstan has fully responded by respecting his democratic commitments and the highest standard of electoral competitions and we hope hat the 26 April-Election Day will be another proof of the democratic standards upholded by Kazakhstan. We will be there to monitor on the site evolutions, stated Professor Anton Caragea, EUCIR President.

EUROPE EXPRESS CONFIDENCE IN KAZAKHSTAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS 2015

Posted by European Council on International Relations on April 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM

EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

 

 

 

 

PRELIMINARY REPORT (pre-election) REGARDING

EARLY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




TABLE OF CONTENTS


 

I. INTRODUCTION.................................................................................... 3

 

II. GENERAL ASSESSMENT.............................................................................................4

 

III. ELECTION CLIMATE ANALYSES ................................................... 7

 

A. FACT ANALYSES................................................................................. 7

B. LEGAL FRAMEWORK......................................................................... 8

C. ELECTION SUPERVISION AND ADMINISTRATION.................................................................................. 10

D. PROCEDURES FOR CANDIDATE NOMINATION AND REGISTRY................................................................................................. 11

E. CAMPAIGN AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE.

ANTI MONEY LAUNDRY PROVISIONS.............................................. 13

 

IV FINAL CONCLUSIONS ON

PRELIMINARY ELECTION OBSERVATION........................................ 15

A. PRELIMINARY CONCLUSIONS ON EARLY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN KAZAKHSTAN.......................................................16

 

 

 

 

REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN EARLY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

 

PRELIMINARY REPORT (pre-election) REGARDING

SNAP PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN

 


I. INTRODUCTION


According to an official invitation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Kazakhstan to observe the 26 April 2015 snap presidential election, the EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS decided to evaluate the political, judicial, legislative and general framework of the early presidential election from 26 April 2015.

The aim of the evaluation process was to assess the pre-election environment and the preparations for the presidential election.

The evaluation process comprised in legislative text analyses, assessment of general political situation in the country and the conformity with general accepted democratic practices and regulation and with bona fide principles.

Taken into account were also: public opinions, statements and discussions expressed by officials from different Kazakhstan institutions and the election and civil administration, as well as official spokespersons from political parties, media outlets, civil society personalities, and the international community.


 

 

II. GENERAL ASSESSMENT

 


According with the law prescriptions the presidential vote will start on 26 April 2015, giving the voters the chance to elect the president for a five-year term.


The law encapsulates also the necessary democratic prescriptions for an open and fair electoral process.


The April 26, 2015 election will be the fourth consecutive national election called on early bases, a supplementary proof of a democratic and viable electoral system.

The laws that are governing the presidential elections are governed by the Constitution, the Constitutional Law on Elections (Election Law), and regulations of the Central Election Commission (CEC).


The assessment process considered that Kazakhstan is a viable and fully committed party to all major international and regional instruments related to the holding of democratic elections and had continuously and full abiding by his international democratic regulations.


There have been no changes to the Election Law since the last elections held in 2011, and we have to mention that in 2011 the Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS had find that the law and regulation governing the electoral process in Kazakhstan are completely corresponding to international laws and regulation insuring a perfect electoral process.


The authorities Kazakhstan authorities underlined in all public statements their nation commitment to conduct elections in compliance with the principles of openness, transparency and fairness.

The election will be administered by a complex and modern system of commissions, composed of Central Electoral Commission and including number of 14 Territorial Election Commissions and the City Election Commissions for Astana`s and Almaty`s regions, 207 District Election Commissions, and more than 9,000 Local Election Commissions (LECs).


The Central Electoral Commission composition and activity is fully independent and in perfect correspondence with international laws and regulations insuring the independence of electoral and monitoring process.


In the list of democratic provisions the Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS noted:

The fact that all citizens over 18 years of age have the right to vote, there is a nationwide electronic voter list to identify duplicate entries.

Presidential candidates are required to be citizens by birth, at least 40 years old, fluent in the state language, and officially resident in Kazakhstan for at least 15 years.


The same recommendation is made on this element as in 2011: The Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS considers necessary a general recommendation for all states to include such provisions in their electoral laws insuring a perfect national representations to the highest office of the land.


The Election Law guarantees the right to conduct an unimpeded campaign for or against any candidate.


In the democratic landscape of Kazakhstan, the Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS noted the existence of a powerful independent media, with an impressive number of mass media entities operating in the country.


Also a full independent television network is offering a perfect dialogue and information source.


The Kazakhstan Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and prohibits censorship.


Keeping in mind that no elections can be considered as free and democratic without the presence of international observers the Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS decided to support Kazakhstan electoral process and democratic credential by monitoring and observing all stages of the 2015, 26 April Early Presidential Election in Kazakhstan.

The Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS will monitor the full electoral process, candidate registration, and the campaign, media, and Election Day procedures.

 

 


III. ELECTION CLIMATE ANALYSES

 


A. FACT FINDING


Kazakhstan is a fully flagged democratic republic, respecting the equilibrium of powers and balanced distribution of constitutional powers. The president is acting in full respect of the democratic system and the country has a long tradition of political process in a democratic manner and with all the guarantees for an inclusive and democratic process.

The institutional system is offering a perfect balanced voice to parliamentary and representations system.

The 26 April 2015 Early Presidential Election where convened in a perfect transparent and inclusive manner at the request of the highest representative and democratic institution in the country: Assembly of Peoples of Kazakhstan.

The decision was upheld fully constitutional and legal based by the Constitutional Council.


The democratic initiative for an early presidential election was supported by the Kazakhstan Parliament and, on 25 February, the Kazakhstan President announced the election would be held on 26 April.


As we have mentioned previously the next election will be the fourth consecutive national election to be called early.


On 27 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan stressed the nation’s commitment to conduct a free and fair election in line with the principles of openness, transparency and fairness.

The Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS considers that the electoral process is fundamental, in law provisions and spirit and in technical consideration perfectly administered, offering a perfect climate and an open and inclusive and in full fairness political discourse resulted in a perfect competitive electoral environment.

 


B. LEGAL FRAMEWORK


Regarding the previous respect to democratic commitments, the Republic of Kazakhstan has fully respected his international obligations regarding construction of a free electoral consultation.

We must note that: European Council on International Relations has made an in-depth analysis of the electoral law and constitutional framework of the Republic of Kazakhstan during 2011 Kazakhstan Presidential elections.

 


The focus of this analysis where: the mass media law, the election law, the political laws and the Constitutional Law of Kazakhstan and had operated a surveillance of the measure taken by the Central Electoral Commission in order to insure a free and open election atmosphere.


The conclusion of the European Council on International Relations monitoring commission was that: the necessary steps in order to insure an honest and balanced electoral consultation respecting democratic standards were taken by Government of Kazakhstan.


The European Union monitoring mission insured also the Election Day supervision, the supervision of counting and tabulation of elections results in a significant and representative number of sections and commissions.


The conclusions of the committee findings can be summon up as an endorsement of the law and constitutional provisions of Kazakhstan electoral system.


In the 26 April 2015 the same principles and laws are applying as in 2011 elections case.

The primary legal framework for presidential elections includes the Constitution, the Constitutional Law on Elections (Election Law), and regulations of the Central Election Commission (CEC). Other relevant laws include the Law on the President, the Law on Political Parties, the Civil Procedures Code, the Criminal Code, the Administrative Offences Code, the Law on Peaceful Assemblies, and various local regulations related to public assemblies. Kazakhstan is a party to major international and regional instruments related to the holding of democratic elections


The president is directly elected by popular vote in a two-round system. To be elected in the first round of voting, a candidate must receive more than half of all votes cast. If no candidate reaches the required majority, the two candidates receiving the most votes contest a second round within two months of the first round, in which the candidate who receives the higher number of votes is considered elected. A 2007 constitutional amendment reduced the presidential term from seven to five years and exempted the first president – the incumbent President Nazarbayev – from the established limit of two consecutive terms.


In 2010, the first president was given the privileged legal status of Kazakhstan’s „Leader of the Nation” according to a parliamentary vote and respecting the constitutional framework, in a fully law abiding manner.


The incumbent president has been in office since 1991 and had a proven history of respecting the democratic rule of political process and respecting constitutional and legal boundaries.

 


C. ELECTION SUPERVISIONS AND ADMINISTRATION

 


The election will be administered by a four-layer system of election commissions. The election administration comprises the CEC, 14 Territorial Election Commissions and the City Election Commissions of Astana and Almaty (collectively referred to as TECs), 207 District Election Commissions (DECs), and more than 9,000 Local Election Commissions (LECs) including some 65 polling stations abroad.


The Republic of Kazakhstan had acquiesce to the fallowing instrumental accords for up-holding democratic values: the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 1979 Convention for Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, 1965 International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, 2003 Convention against Corruption, 2006 Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,, and the 2002 Convention on the Standards of Democratic Elections, Electoral Rights and Freedoms in the Member States of the Commonwealth of Independent States.


Kazakhstan is also a fully flagged member of the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission, a supplementary proof of the country definitive election of the democratic ways.


Membership and submission to all the previously noted agreements and treaty are creating a perfect election environment in accordance with international laws.

 


D. PROCEDURES FOR CANDIDATE NOMINATION AND REGISTRY


The Constitution and electoral law are offering the climate for an inclusive and representative participation in the electoral race: the presidential candidate may be nominated through self-nomination or by a public association, including a political party. All equally candidates are required to be citizens by birth, to have at least 40 years old, to be fluent in the Kazakh language (a condition to be observed by the Linguistic Commission, an independent body that should provide its conclusions to the Central Electoral Commission who will make the final decision on candidatures), and to be an officially resident of Kazakhstan for at least 15 years.


The nomination period that had ended on 15 March 2015 had permitted for three candidates to outline their candidature and obtain at least 93,000 valid signatures equally representing at least two-thirds of the regions as well as the cities of Astana and Almaty.


In addition they need to pay an election deposit of 1,060,000 Kazakhstan Tenge (KZT) and present tax declarations for themselves and their spouse.


The necessary prescriptions for barring from standing for office for persons related to crimes of found guilty of corruption-related crimes or administrative offences have being taken.


The language test consists of an examination of prospective candidates‟ reading, writing and speaking abilities.


Three candidates will run in the upcoming early presidential elections in Kazakhstan after law provisions: the incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the challenger from the Communist People’s Party Turgun Syzdykov and self-nominee Abelgazi Kusainov, according to a report from the Central Election Commission.


The time for submission of applications for participation in the presidential election in Kazakhstan ended on March 15.


According to the CEC secretary Bakhyt Meldeshov, as of 2015, March 16, the CEC got 27 applications.


The CEC decided to refuse registration to Limana Koishiyeva, Kanat Turageldiyev, Zharylkap Kalybai and Khasen Kozha-Akhmet, who all successfully passed the Kazakh language but failed to provide all the law required documents.

The CEC also denied registration to six candidates for the presidency of Kazakhstan for failing to appear for the Kazakh language exam which is mandatory under the law): self-nominees Yakobzhan Dzhunisbekov, Kairat Maishev, Aigul Utepova, Kanat Yeszhanov, Amantai Kazhy and Birzhan Dilmagambetov.


Mels Yeleusizov, Zhaksybai Bazilbayev and Mukhamedrakhim Kursabayev withdrew their candidacies on their own, a move the CEC approved.


The registration of candidates came to an end on March 25.


As of 2015 March 26, three candidates have the right to proceed with the election campaigning: Nursultan Nazarbayev, Turgun Syzdykov and Abelgazi Kusainov.


Conclusion: Under the full scrutiny of the democratic process in Kazakhstan, The Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS considers that the period of registrations of candidature and the provisions of the law have being full respected and all the necessary procedural steps have being address insuring a perfect democratic character to the first phase of the election procedures.


Recommendation: The Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS considers that a higher number of signatures on the candidate’s signature list will be a beneficial addition offering a better selection of serious candidates.

 

 


E. CAMPAIGN AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE.

ANTI MONEY LAUNDRY PROVISIONS

 


The election campaign starts on 26 March, the day after the end of candidate registration, and lasts until 24 April, when the silence period starts.


The Election Law guarantees citizens and public associations the right to conduct an unimpeded campaign for or against any candidate. Local authorities are mandated to provide space for the placement of campaign posters on an equal basis and candidates may also post materials on


To finance their campaign, the CEC informed that each candidate is entitled to receive a minimum of KZT seven million (some EUR35,000) from the state budget. In addition, candidates are allowed to use their own funds and accept donations from citizens and organizations, as well as funds from the nominating body, up to a combined total of KZT 577 million.7


Foreign and anonymous donations are prohibited. Candidates are obliged to open dedicated bank accounts for these funds. The banks should notify the CEC if the spending limits are exceeded. Five days after the announcement of the election results, candidates are obliged to submit a report on their campaign finance to the election administration.


The CEC adopted a resolution on the campaign expenditures to be covered from the state budget. Each candidate is provided with funds for a fifteen minutes speech on TV, a ten-minute speech on the radio, as well as to publish two articles in printed newspapers.


According to the CEC the amount of funding provided to candidates for their election campaigning in the media was calculated based on the existing rates provided by the Committee for Communications, Computerization and Information of the Ministry of Investment and Development of Kazakhstan.


“Funds in the amount of 5,250,000 tenge ($28,237) are allocated to the candidates for a 15-minute speech.


For the 10-minute presentation of the program on the radio each candidate receives 200,000 tenge ($1,075). To publish two printed articles each candidate receives 810,000 tenge ($4,356). Candidates will also receive funds to rent premises for meetings with voters in the amount of 200,000 tenge and another 250,000 tenge ($1,345) to print out campaign materials. Each of the registered candidates will receive 300,000 tenge ($1,613) for travel expenses,” the CEC said.


Conclusions: The Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS stated that offering a full financial support and insuring transparency and strict supervision policies are all decisions destined to discouraging money laundry, political corruption and in offering a fare and equal based financial support for all candidates, a fundamental base of democratic elections.


The Election Law is the main legal source addressing candidate rights to campaign in the media, providing equal access to state-funded airtime and print space, as well as the right to purchase additional airtime and space. Each candidate is entitled to 15 minutes of free airtime on television, 10 minutes of free airtime on radio, and 2 free articles in newspapers. For paid advertisement, all media are obliged to provide the price list of paid advertisements to the CEC, no later than 10 days after the election is announced.

 

 


IV. FINAL CONCLUSIONS ON PRELIMINARY ELECTION OBSERVATION


One of the most important aspects in organizing internationally recognized and valid electoral process is the presence of international and internally accepted monitors.


According to Central Electoral Commission a number of 10.000 internal registered observers will by surveying the poll and number of 1.000 international monitors will also insure a country wide supervision of the electoral process.


The Kazakhstan Election Law provides for international and citizen observers, as well as authorized representatives of registered candidates. There is an accreditation procedure and observers are required to present a letter from their nominating organization and their identification documents to the election commission where they will observe the process.


We consider that the electoral system is offering the checks and balances necessary to insure a perfect democratic consultation.

 

 


A. PRELIMINARY CONCLUSIONS ON EARLY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN KAZAKHSTAN

 


The Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS considers that can offer the assistance and to support the deployment of an Election Observation Mission for the upcoming early presidential election (26 April 2015) as Kazakhstan has fulfilled all his legal obligation on holding open, free, fair and equal opportunity driven elections.


The conclusion of the EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS monitoring Committee was that: the necessary steps in order to insure an honest and balanced electoral consultation respecting democratic standards were fully taken by The Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan.


The Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS will follow the Election Day process countrywide, and will supervise the Election Day activities, including voting, counting, and tabulation of results.

 

 

EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS TOURS AFRICA

Posted by European Council on International Relations on August 11, 2014 at 3:15 AM

The relations between Europe and Africa were rapidly evolving in a positive direction after the visit of an important european delegation in the Republic of Zimbabwe.


 

The visit made between 29 May-7 June 2014 by an European delegation headed by H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on International Relations was destined to restart the bilateral relation between Europe and the Republic of Zimbabwe and the southern region of Africa, a region in full economic development and with a long tradition of partnership with our country.



H.E. President Robert Gabriel Mugabe-a true African hero and Professor Dr. Anton Caragea


 

During the visit Professor Dr. Anton Caragea was welcomed by H.E. President of Republic of Zimbabwe-Robert Gabriel Mugabe who stated that: is exuding with love and gratitude for the visit of Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

 


President Robert Mugabe express his gratitude for Professor Dr. Anton Caragea continuous support in promoting Zimbabwe integration in international tourism arena and stated than: when others where plotting to punish us you think at rewarding us and make us friends. From the profundity of our heart: Tank you Professor !

 


Professor Dr. Anton Caragea at his turn praised president Mugabe stating that: the world did not forget the ten years spent in the dungeons of the colonial rule, the world did not forget the 20 years of revolutionary activity at the risk of the life and personal peace, spent in the opposition to the absurd regime of apartheid and segregation of Old time Rhodesia.

 


As we do not forget the word of reconciliation spoken after this years of struggle, ten years before Nelson Mandela similar example: “If yesterday I fought you as an enemy, today you have become a friend,” “If yesterday you hated me, today you cannot avoid the love that binds me to you.”

 


We will never forget that 35 years ago from Harare you have called all nations of Africa to wake up from the long colonial sleep to a new and rich life of fulfillment`s.

 


Your name is and will be forever inscribed for me and for all the honest people of the world along the names of the fathers of free Africa:Kwame Nkrumah, Julius Nyerere, Jomo Kenyatta etc. as a giant of liberation and freedom fight in Africa and the world. 




President Robert Gabriel Mugabe and Professor Dr. Anton Caragea sharing a moment of joy and good humor

 


Other meeting where held by H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea with Hon. J.T.R Majuru- Vice-President of Republic of Zimbabwe, S.K.Moyo-Senior Minister (Prime Minister) of Zimbabwe, Hon. N. Goche-Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Tourism Walter Mzembi etc.

 


During the discussion, foreign policy cooperation, opening of honorary consulates and economic cooperation councils as well as economic and investment opportunities where tabled offering opportunity for European countries to take part in the business boom and bonanza of southern region of Africa and specially the Republic of Zimbabwe buoyant economic environment.

 


The European delegation enjoyed a sophisticated cultural program with visit to the History Museum of Harare, National Heroes Acre and to the wonderful UNESCO heritage site of Great Zimbabwe-the largest African palatial complex dating from XII century and covering 700 hectares and a chance to discover the world greatest cascade: Victoria waterfall.

 


In sign of honor Professor Dr. Anton Caragea occupied the Winston Churchill apartment in the famous Victorian hotel of Victoria Falls.

 


The high level visit, the first after a 25 year hiatus in bilateral relation offered to the parties the opportunity to table concrete cultural, tourism and cooperation projects and to highlight the bilateral support for the development of the social and political cooperation.

 


The Republic of Zimbabwe becomes now the main political and strategic partner in the region of southern Africa, offering innumerable opportunities for developing friendly ties.

 



Helicopter ride over ZambeziProfessor Dr. Anton Caragea and his delegation take a helicopter tour over Victoria Fall bordering Zimbabwe and Zambia



 


 

Victoria Water Fall observed from helicopter (3.000 meters)

 




 

Victoria Falls-the world largest cascade.

 




 

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea touring Great Zimbabwe(the biggest African palatial complex dating from XII century)

 




 

In the heart of Great Zimbabwe historical complex 




 

Elephant safari in the desert heart of Zimbabwe 




 

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea gives an interview to Zimbabwe National Television

UNDERSTANDING UNITED ARAB EMIRATES MIRACLE

Posted by European Council on International Relations on December 11, 2013 at 8:30 AM

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: A FORCE OF PEACE AND EQUILIBRIUM IN THE MIDDLE EAST BY PROFESSOR DR. ANTON CARAGEA


In 2013, United Arab Emirates celebrated in pomp, ceremony and joy the 42 anniversary of National Day.


Forty-two is in the life of men`s a time of reflection and decisions, in time of nations is barely a time of beginnings. United Arab Emirates are having a lot to appreciate and to be proud off in all this short span of time.



Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan: the founding father of United Arab Emirates


In 1968, when the British empire was living his last hours in the region, the vision of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan was to create a state of equilibrium and a force of moderation in the Arabic Gulf area. Squeezed between the emerging power of Shah`s Iran and of Saudi Arabian Kingdom, the small Gulf states could only envisage a future of moderation and balancing in order to survive.


Today, this policy of moderation and equilibrium carved out by the funding father of UAE-Sheikh Zayed and continued by his successor Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed is reaching a peach of recognition and appreciation worldwide and also is receiving international plaudit`s as a pillar of security and development in the area.


UAE: THE FORCE OF MODERATION AND THE MODERATION OF FORCE.


In 1971, when the flag of United Arab Emirates reach out for the first time to the sky, the country inaugurated what will be a long tradition of moderating tension and avoiding confrontation, in an area where neither one or the other is lacking. United Arab Emirates inaugurated their presence on international stage by repulsing Iran attempts to take advantage of the British withdrawal and saving the region from an all-out conflict.


This policy of negotiation and appeasement re-surfaced during Iran-Iraq war, when United Arab Emirates wise and calibrated policies assured the continuing flow of oil by the straits of Hormuz and avoided regional escalation.

The support for Kuwait independence in 1990 and the moderation policy in all the tensions of the areas had gained recognition for the country as a force of stability and continuity in foreign policy of the troubled region.


As UAE Foreign Minister stated to the United Nations, the driving force of UAE foreign commitment is build upon “the principles of peaceful coexistence, peaceful resolution of the international disputes and non-interference in the internal affairs of other states”.


These principles insured a high standing of United Arab Emirates in the world and also in the Arab region, during the so called Arab spring.


United Arab Emirates straightforward policy of rejecting internal interference, of supporting human rights and rejecting support for terrorism, had enshrined the name of United Arab Emirates in the heart of every Arab, as a country of stability and order.


A country that is building and not destroying, a country that is protecting and not killing hopes and peoples.


The lesson of United Arab Emirates, that knows how to moderate his force by obeying to the international norms is a golden lesson that makes today UAE a beacon of hope in a troubled region.


UAE: A FORCE FOR HUMANITY.


The Arab convulsions left in tatters a huge region, from North of Africa to the Middle east and millions of people refuges, displaced or victim of hunger in their own countries.


In a time of insecurity and predicament, the United Arab Emirates shared their influence and power to alleviate sufferance`s across the region.


Hundreds of millions of dollars where directed to the refugees camps in Jordan or Lebanon, in one camp alone 20.000 peoples are regularly protected and all their needs meet by the help of United Arab Emirates.



Lorries loaded with humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees


In the troubled hit Egypt, UAE had poured 4.9 USD billion to support economic recovery and to insure the road to economic stability as a precondition for political equilibrium.


Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, had clearly marked this generous help is conditioned by “a policy of peace, security, tolerance and love” that will insure stability in the country and the world.


The same helping hands can be seen across the Palestine territory, supporting the legitimate right of Palestinian state in 1967 borders and Al Quds al Sharif ( Jerusalem) as his capital.


From Pakistan and India to Nepal and Kenya, Morocco and Guinea, UAE is sponsoring projects of education, irrigation, poverty eradication and promoting equality of chances and development of rural communities in celebrated initiatives as: Dress One Million Needy Children, a project destined to provide clothing to one million poor children across the world.


By the size of his humanitarian projects sponsored across the world, related to the population and surface UAE ranks the second in the world in front of countries like United States, Japan or Italy etc.


The most recent disaster stricken country, Philippines, received on the spot 10 million’s dollars to help the authorities cope with the humanitarian crisis.


This long track record of assistance and donor capacities made Sheikh Khalifa to describe his country as “a state of giving, pace and security”.



Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan-UAE President wants to create a state of peace, security and generosity


UAE: OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL


The positive force of UAE is not only reaching far and wide, but is starting from the home build miracle.


In the last two decades United Arab Emirates had succeeded to build a promised land for more than 200 nationalities and developed his economy by a staggering 200 times, comparing with the independence year-1971.


This powerful economic development is shared also with the communities of expats and foreign workers, that contributed to this economic miracle , most recent a three year plan, envisage to spend 36 USD billion to improve health, educational and material conditions of working force in UAE.


All this having as a goal, to create a society that is “a paradise for citizens and foreigners alike, that are living in peace in a tolerant community and free from segregation and injustice.”


The economic development of UAE is not only building his capacity as a donor for humanitarian projects, but is also insuring his capacity to develop economic project`s around the world.


Solar powered plants are build today in Mauritania and Morocco, solar technologies are having a hub in the Masdar Institute of Technology and Masdar City and environmental projects are providing a life worth living for millions around the world.


All regional economies are benefiting from continuous economic miracle build by the emirates. This force of reaching and affecting the life`s of everyone gets a new confirmation in the crushing vote in supporting Dubai as host of World Expo 2020.


From Romania in Central Europe to United States in American continent and Arab and African countries, everyone has supported Dubai role as a hub for new technologies, tourism, and economic development and as center of the new Silk Road, connecting China-Europe and South America via Africa.


After being declared World Best Tourist Destination in 2008, now as a host of World Expo 2020 United Arab Emirates are having a new opportunity to create the future by connecting minds, as the logo of the new world exhibition is proclaiming.



Masdar City-an area of clean , solar energy.


LESSONS FROM UAE.


What are the lessons of all this 42 years of this emotion full adventure, that we call United Arab Emirates?


Off course, economists, politicians and cultural experts will draw many conclusion for how to make a nation building, but I will settled for two major conclusion.


The force of UAE is projecting is the force of moderation , a powerful and rich country that is not using his influence in fostering conflicts and confrontation but in building nations, supporting humanitarian causes and promoting world unity and cooperation.


Second is the success of the model of inclusiveness.


UAE did not build walls of segregation`s and created an economic miracle for citizens and foreigners alike, a society constructed on solidarity will survive, one build on separation will succumb, this is the lesson that UAE is teaching the world.


Witnessing the 42 anniversary of UAE you might be in awe from the tall Burj Khalifa, or admire the economic productivity of Dubai World or to be inspired by the Dubai winning bid for World Expo 2020, but what I found most inspiring was the multitude of people, coming from all the corners of the world, wearing the T-shirts or signs of funding fathers of UAE in a sign of gratitude for the country that targets to be a paradise for all: United Arab Emirates.

NAKHCHIVAN STATE UNIVERSITY IS INAUGURATED BY EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS DELEGATION

Posted by European Council on International Relations on November 8, 2013 at 5:05 PM

The Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan was visited between 2 to 5 November 2013 by a high level European Council on International Relations (EUCIR) lead by the Council President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.


 


EUCIR President visited with his delegation Azerbaijan and Nakhchivan Autonomous Region


The Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan is integral part of Republic of Azerbaijan and is favourable placed for economic and political cooperation as is surrounded by Iran, Turkey and Armenia and could become a potential cultural, economic and political hub in the region.

 


The European delegation visit to Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan was concentrated in analysing economic and tourist facilities, road and communication and to explore the development potential of Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan and also the cultural and historical patrimony of the outstanding region of Caucasus.

 


Amongst the highlights of the visit was the on the spot trip to the salt mine and health facilities of the Duzdag Health and Therapy Center recommended for treatment of a large area of long diseases.

 


In the amenities area also the delegation lead by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea had visited the markets of the area and the facilities for producing world famous Ordubad art crafts.

 


In the cultural and historical leg of the journey the European delegation had embarked in a tour of city of Nakhchivan, a city with a 3.500 years history, a on the spot excursion to Prophet Noah Tomb, visiting Heydar Aliyev Palace in the city, carpet museum, a cruise to the ancient city of Ordubad, an incursion to the Nakhchivan Shah palace and to Ashabi-Khaf mosque and had observed a classical and opera spectacle offered by the Drama Theatre of Nakhchivan.

 



Opera spectacle offered by the Drama Theatre of Nakhchivan for EUCIR delegation

 


Among the cultural and archaeological patrimony of Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan praised by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea where nominated Momina Khatun Shrine and Huseyn Javid House Museum as land marks of a cultural trip to the region.

 


Also ECTT President Anton Caragea had congratulated the Nakhchivan Opera assembly that proved that high quality music and classical entertainment could be provided in any region if there is the will and the resources necessary.

 


Opera of Nakhchivan deserves all the plaudits and is a witness of the genius of Azeri people concluded Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

 


Taking the advantage of the presence of EUCIR Council President the authorities of the Nakhchivan Republic inaugurated the new facility of Nakhchivan State University.

 



EUCIR President tours the new building if Nakhchivan State University

 


The new university main building is comprised of 25 fully refurbished classes facilities, academic rooms, exhibition corridors and sport and cultural amenities.

 


Also the complex includes buildings for housing students from other areas and international students and professors in residence at Nakhchivan State University.

 



New housing facility at Nakhchivan State University

 


President Anton Caragea tour the facilities, inquired about internet access and medical and food arrangements for professors and students, visited cantina areas and explored the educational rooms and spruced up new buildings of the university.

 



Furbish classrooms at Univeristy

In his inaugural allocution Professor Dr. Anton Caragea express his admiration for the new Nakhchivan State University complex that is meeting international criteria’s for education, health and perfect learning environment wishing full success for the professor and students of the new university and promised that will come back to observe the progresses of the Nakhchivan State University.


 


 


The visit to Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan was the first visit of a European cultural delegation dedicated to analyses, assess and promote the cultural potential of this extraordinary region of Azerbaijan.

EUROPEAN DELEGATION TOURS AZERBAIJAN

Posted by European Council on International Relations on November 8, 2013 at 4:50 AM

An European Council on International Relations lead by european council president had taken under consideration the academic, cultural and political opportunities offered by tAzerbaijan. 


Between 30 October to 5 November 2013 a delegation from European Council on International Relations (EUCIR) was invited for an official trip to Azerbaijan and to Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan in order to analyze academic, cultural and political opportunities offered by this important country in the Caspian Sea Region.


 

Also EUCIR President Anton Caragea attended from 31 October to 1 November 2013 the International Humanitarian Forum held in Baku, a forum that become the world center of cultural and academic elite.

 



EUCIR President Anton Caragea presents a manifesto for XXI Century in Baku

 


The Forum had united, under the leadership of Azerbaijan President-Ilham Aliyev, the highest representatives of academic groups and world leaders from 65 countries in search of solutions to build a world free of economic crisis, wars and conflicts.

 


Upon the invitation of Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan-Elmar Mammadyarov, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on International Relations (EUCIR) attended as key-note speaker to the forum activities.

 




Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev succed in transforming Baku in a gathering point for world elite.

 


Opening the International Humanitarian Forum of Baku, President Ilham Aliyev had underlined the necessity to reorganize international institutions system in order to increase their effectiveness and action power.

 


The purpose of this proposed reform is to empower the decisions of international organisms and to avoid negative cases, like in the situation of Nagorno-Karabakh where United Nations decisions are not implemented for more than two decades and remain dead letter.

 


Azerbaijan President highlighted the necessity to export inter-cultural dialogue model of Azerbaijan, that become a country for many religions and ethnical groups, a country that is respecting equally the Christian, Judaic or Islamic heritage, as part of the global historical patrimony of Azerbaijan.

 


″We have restored an ancient Zoroastrian temple in Azerbaijan. The oldest church in the Caucasus is also located in Azerbaijan. It has also been renovated. The Shamakhi Juma Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in the world, has been overhauled. It is 1270 years old.

 




In other words, restoration and protection of the monuments of all religions are part of the national policy″, concluded Azeri president.


 

The national Azeri leader mentioned in his speech and the importance of economic development model offered by Azerbaijan in this time of crisis, citing a constant economic growth, low unemployment and high standard of living, with salaries that increased six times in the last decade, all this factors helped Azerbaijan ranking in the top 39 world economic competitiveness.

 


In his allocution, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on International Relations (EUCIR) had openly thanked President Ilham Aliyev for the initiative to host this high standard forum that has the potential of creating a global world dialogue platform, in order to create a XXI century world without humanitarian crisis, a world of social equity, equal chances and sustainable development.

 



In his key note speech, President Dr. Anton Caragea underlined the fact that the only cure for world economic crisis is a global debate, that will replace the philosophical fundaments of XVIII century, with the imperatives of XXI century: an ecological civilization, relinquishing the capitalist economic paradigm and replacing it with sustainable development and ousting profit as the symbol of global economic assessment and replacing it by social utility.


 

After the forum works where concluded, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and European Council on International Relations (EUCIR) delegation taken up a tour of city of Baku and a familiarization trip to Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan, component part of Republic of Azerbaijan.

 


The visit had a strong cultural component including a tour of city of Nakhchivan, a city with a 3.500 years history, a on the spot excursion to Prophet Noah Tomb, visiting Heydar Aliyev Palace in the city, carpet museum, a cruise to the ancient city of Ordubad, an incursion to the Nakhchivan Shah palace and to Ashabi-Khaf mosque and had observed a classical and opera spectacle offered by the Drama Theatre of Nakhchivan.

 



President of EUCIR-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea inaugurates Ordubad Historical Museum

 


The Baku city tour presented a capital that unites perfectly high tech buildings and the splendours of the old city and had included a visit to Shirvanshah palace, Azeri national television and medieval citadel.

 


President of European Council on International Relations, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea had stated in a television interview for National Azeri Channel that: Baku is today a symbol metropolis that is respecting the past and building a powerful mega polis in line with XXI century requirements and magnificent located on shores of Caspian Sea.

 


The visit to Azerbaijan was held between 30 October and 5 November 2013 and was inscribed in the bilateral expressed desire to develop the strategic partnership and in order to better appreciate the cultural, economic and civilization model offered by Azeri society to European Union.

EUROPE-KURDISTAN DIALOGUE

Posted by European Council on International Relations on October 12, 2013 at 5:35 PM

A productive and intensive dialogue was conducted between President of European Council on International Relations and  Minister for International Relations of Kurdistan Regional Government

On the occasion of the official visit of H.E. Hoshyar Zebari -Foreign Minister of Iraq to Europe was invited for a working visit to our country and the Minister for International Relations of Kurdistan Regional Government-Falah Mustafa Bakir.




 

President of European Council on International Relations receives Kurdistan Minister of Foreign Relations

 


On the sideline of this visit, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on International Relations held a discussion with Minister- Falah Mustafa Bakir regarding the developing of bilateral relations between Europe and Kurdistan in the broader framework of the relation between Europe and Iraq.

 


During the dialogue important topics where tabled, such as: broadening the cultural and academic relations between Europe and Kurdistan, opening special courses to prepare the diplomatic personal from the Regional Kurdistan Government, opening a parliamentary friendship group amongst the two parliaments and also the potential for bilateral economic cooperation was under review.

 


H.E. Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir had underlined the potential of bilateral educational cooperation and marked also the historical similitude’s that are bridging together Europe and Kurdistan as their common fight for democracy and against dictatorship considering this as the necessary base for a continuous development of bilateral relation.

 


H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on International Relations had convened upon the necessity to boost the bilateral dialogue and express congratulation on the exertions of Minister- Falah Mustafa Bakir in order to promote the correct and positive image of Kurdistan in the world.

 


Professor Dr. Anton Caragea had also underlined the significance of the visit of Minister Hoshyar Zebari for the bilateral connection and warmly appreciated the irreproachable organization of the visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iraq with the support of President Office of European Council on International Relations.

 


The relations between Europe and Iraq are becoming a crucial pillar in the framework of our country diplomatic connections with the Middle East, stated Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT OF IRAQ

Posted by European Council on International Relations on August 25, 2013 at 8:45 AM

On 5 July 2013 the taking office, protocol meeting, between Prof.Dr.Anton Caragea, President of European Council on International Relations and H.E. Omer Berzinji, Ambassador of Republic of Iraq, had taken place.


 



Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea express his heart felted congratulation on the occasion of beginning of mandate of H.E. Omer Berzinji and stated that Iraq was and it will always be considered a strong ally and friend of Europe in the Middle East region and expressing the view that we have all the unmistakable signs of a successful strategic friendship.

 


In his speech Professor Dr. Anton Caragea had appreciated that between Europe and Iraq we are witnessing a large area of common interests such as: strong, constant developing and stable economic relations, an open and substantial political dialogue and a common sentiment of brotherhood.

 


All this elements are destined to forge a good understanding between the two nations.

 


The European – Iraqi relationship must be an example of constructing strong relation between Europe and Middle East region.

 


In the last decade the bilateral dialogue with Iraq was exceptional in amplitude, seriousness and efficacy and this bilateral long term commitment is constitute an obligation for both of the countries to continue building this framework of dialogue and friendship.

 


H.E. Omer Berzinji had expressed his appreciation for the encouragement`s offered by Prof.Dr.Anton Caragea and had stated that the vision of a economic, politic and cultural special relationship between Europe and Iraq is a mutual shared vision.

 


Iraq is constructing today and open and all inclusive society, based on dialogue and democratic values and also a strong economy that needs European support in technologies, goods and investments, in a win-win relations concluded H.E.Ambassador Omer Berzinji.

 


The dialogue had continued on concrete aspects and analyses of economic, political and cultural bilateral relations and on ways of fostering this dialogue on to the future.

 


Concrete actions on increasing European peoples awareness on Iraq continuing development and on economic opportunities, promoting the bilateral relation and especially marking festive the 50 years celebration of bilateral diplomatic relations where discuss and established, transforming the year 2013 in IRAQ IN EUROPE .

 


The amicable discussion marked also an evaluation of present day cultural debates in Islamic world, from the role of democracy and inter-cultural dialogue in Islam and the dialogue between Middle East and Europe where also themes tabled at the meeting.

 




An iraqi carpet is handed out in sign of appreciation for President Dr. Anton Caragea by H.E. Ambassador Omar Berzinji.

 


The dialogue led the foundations of a successful diplomatic mandate and offered the solutions necessary to foster in the near future the relations between Europe and Iraq and constitutes a promise to continue a successful direction of European diplomatic action.

SAUDI ARABIA NEEDS EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS SALUTARY SUPPORT

Posted by European Council on International Relations on August 25, 2013 at 8:40 AM

On 10 June, 2013 a friendly and cooperation meeting between Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on International Relations and H.E. Abdulrahman Al Rassi, Ambassador of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had taken place.



 


Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea expressed his amicable fillings and friendly interest towards the recent evolutions in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom is playing an instrumental role in promoting cultural and economic development in the Middle East area. Also Europe is witnessing with sympathy and interest the latest evolution from Saudi Arabia, including the government measures for consolidating the economic development and creating a diversified economy and the decision to foster social inclusion and cultural development in the Kingdom.

 


Europe is, and it will always be, ready to build a special and stable relation with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a relation based on the community of interests in the economic, politic and cultural areas, concluded Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

 


H.E. Ambassador Abdulrahman Al Rassi express his appreciation for the encouragements received and for the amicable atmosphere registered amongst Europe n people towards the culture and civilization of Saudi Arabia.


 

Between the two nations there is an ample desire for information and cooperation and to amplify the bilateral relation stated Ambassador Abdulrahman Al Rassi.


 

On this solid foundation we can consider an extension of the cultural dimension of bilateral relation and in building new bridges of dialogue between Europe and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

 


The parties had appreciated that between Europe and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia there are large area of common interests, designed to forge a good understanding between the two nations.

 


An increase in the presence of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia related news in Europe n mass media and informational market and a better reflection of his specific culture to Europe n public and the presence of an academic message of support where also tabled at the meeting.

 


The dialogue had continued on concrete aspects and analyses of economic, political and cultural bilateral relations and on ways of fostering this dialogue on to the future.

 


The discussion led the foundations for continuing the dialogue and fostering the relations between Europe and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS ORGANIZES UNITED ARAB EMIRATES DELEGATION EUROPEAN TOUR

Posted by European Council on International Relations on August 25, 2013 at 8:35 AM

A delegation from United Arab Emirates was invited for an official visit to Europe, as a part of the large and sustained efforts from Europe and United Arab Emirates side to further strengthen the bilateral relation and to offer a strategic dimension to the Europe -United Arab Emirates friendship.

 



Chairman of Economic Committee of Romanian Senate-Mr.Lucian Iliescu and Senator Ionel Agrigoroaiei-President of Romania-UAE Friendship Committee and UAE delegation: UAE Ambassador Yacoub Yousef Al Hosani , Mr. Khalid Almannaei – International Affairs Director UAE , Mr. Abdulla Qassem- World Engagement Director with WORLD EXPO 2020, Mr. Kaabi Hazza – Minister’s Office at Ministry of Foreign Affairs , MAHMOOD AL BASTAKI – CEO of DUBAI TRADE


 

The visit took place between 3 and 4 April 2013.

 


A perfect program was carved for United Arab Emirates delegation, with the support of Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on International Relations, program designed to emphasize clearly the importance of the bond connecting Europe and United Arab Emirates.

 


The UAE delegation was received at the highest level, special discussion being held with the President of Chamber of Deputies – Mr. Valeriu Zgonea and President of Senate-Mr. Crin Antonescu addressed a warm welcoming message to the delegation and entrusted Vice-President of Senate-Mr. Cristian Dumitrescu to express the highly degree of importance and special significance attach by Europe side to the relation with United Arab Emirates.

 


The Chairman of Economic Commission of the Senate, Mr. Lucian Iliescu had clearly marked the European side desire for economic cooperation and increase in the volume of bilateral trade and the support for using Dubai-The Host of WORLD EXPO 2020 as a hub for imports and exports from Europe to enter the Golf Cooperation Council market.

 


In the governmental level discussions, attended by ministers and secretaries of state from Ministries of Tourism, Economy, Business Environment and Future Society, the United Arab Emirates delegation was warmly received and with a clear note of interest in economic exchanges being developed further and with European desire to support Dubai Candidature for WORLD EXPO 2020 and to uphold an extensive political dialogue clearly underlined.

 




Minister of Information Society: Mr. Dan Nica and Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and UAE delegation : UAE Ambassador Yacoub Yousef Al Hosani , Mr. Khalid Almannaei – International Affairs Director UAE , Mr. Abdulla Qassem- World Engagement Director with WORLD EXPO 2020, Mr. Kaabi Hazza – Minister’s Office at Ministry of Foreign Affairs , MAHMOOD AL BASTAKI – CEO of DUBAI TRADE.

 


On 4 of April 2013, the United Arab Emirates delegation was honoured guest in the opening of the European Support Exhibition for Dubai-HOST OF WORLD EXPO 2020.

 


The ample, successfully and perfect organized visit by the highly skilled team of UAE Embassy, lead by Ambassador Yacoub Yousef Al Hosani, was a new chapter in the developing contacts between the two governments, parliaments and peoples and a clear illustration of Europe -United Arab Emirates strong friendship.

DIPLOMATS FROM EUROPE ARE INVITED TO DISCOVER THE BEAUTIES OF BUCOVINA

Posted by European Council on International Relations on August 25, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Professor dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on International Relations( EUCIR ) had invited a delegation of ambassadors to attended the spring edition of the DISCOVER EUROPE program by visiting Bucovina.


 

Bucovina is one of the most scenic spots of Europe, encompassing UNESCO cultural heritage sites such as: Voronet, Sucevita and Dragomirna and also geographical wonders that are transforming Bucovina in the land of magic, a focal point in world tourism top.

 


Under the mandate of the recently elected President of Suceava County: Mr. Catalin Nechifor , Bucovina has being transformed in a prime interest area for investors and business community, becoming a rapid developing economic attraction, ambassadors invited to take part in the delegation, having the chance for first hand contact with local realities and rapid developing areas in Europe .

 


Being invited to attend the regular trips of DISCOVER EUROPE program and visiting the natural and cultural scenic spots of Europe is a reward traditionally awarded to ambassadors that had successfully fulfilled their offices in the last six months, outstandingly promoting the bilateral relations with Europe .

 


In the last years EUCIR had organized ambassadors trip in gorgeous areas such as: Maramures County, Apuseni Mountain, Danube Delta and Hateg region and today we have felt it is the time to promote the fusion of art, culture and natural beauties but also the culinary specialities of Bucovina stated Professor dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on International Relations( EUCIR).

 


The program of ambassadors delegation headed by Professor dr. Anton Caragea was carved to include discussions on high level with authorities of Suceava county, with President of the Suceava Council: Mr. Catalin Nechifor, with the Rector Office of Suceava University( the university staff outlined the project of anew technologic campus , an investment to exceed 200 million euro) ,and discussion with leading business community members under the banner of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Suceava.

 


After the productive and intense business discussion held at local level the ambassadors delegation had also enjoyed an exceptional cultural program designed with the support of president of the County Council: Mr. Catalin Nechifor.

 


The visit had encompassed trips to UNESCO heritage monasteries of Voronet (world famous for his outside wall paintings and for the unique Voronet blue colour), Sucevita and Dragomirna, trips to Horse Training Center where ambassadors enjoyed a practical riding lesson and Hunting Center, where ambassadors where informed about the rules and regulation for organizing hunting’s in Europe and also could taste unique cuisine of the region.

 


The tight schedule had included also stops to Ion Irimescu Sculpture Museum, where the fabulous Irimescu sculptures with prices ranging from 1 to 10 million euro where scrupulously admired by the ambassadors, a visit to Vatra Dornei and the world famous mineral waters of the area, where ambassadors also enjoyed a meal of trout and pheasants and an instructive working visit to Black Pottery Center form Marginea Village, where they could admire the famous craftsmen of Bucovina and learn from source how to produce the unique ceramic of the region with unchanged technologic process from the last 5.000 years.

 


Professor dr. Anton Caragea, AMBASSADOR FOR WORLD NATURAL PROTECTED AREAS had included in the ambassadors visit some of the natural reservations from Suceava County in order to highlight the importance of this area to the local economy.

 


The program also included a special culinary show in every night that had included deer stake with wild berry jam, rabbit and pheasants and more than 50 varieties of local cheese and famous Bucovina pastry, the richness of the food illustrating Bucovina as a fusion zone for oriental cuisine and for western culinary experiences.

 


The ambassadors present to BUCOVINA: LAND OF MIRACLES trip expressed their gratitude for the special trip to the land of magic: Bucovina on the spot visit, that presented before their eyes unique cultural treasures , unique taste of culinary magic and more important they have the privilege to encounter the real miracle of the area: friendly and warm peoples of Bucovina.


 

 

 

 


Ambassador group visiting the famous Baciu House- the headquarters of delicious cuisine of Bucovina.


 

 

 

Ambassadors get courage for a Bucovina type dance in general joy.


 

 

 

The beauty of Bucovina horses.


 

 

 

Touring the Palaces of Vatra Dornei.


 

 

 

The famous pheasants of Bucovina.


 

 

 

Dialogue at the Camber of Commerce and Industry of Suceava county.


 

 

 

Visiting the mineral water gushing station in Bucovina . Health from water.

EUROPEAN DELEGATION VISIT TO KAZAKHSTAN. A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP RECONFIRMED.

Posted by European Council on International Relations on June 17, 2013 at 5:35 PM

European Council on International Relations delegation, headed by Professor dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on International Relations was invited for an official working visit to Republic of Kazakhstan between 19-25 November 2012.

The high level European delegation has being invited to visit Astana-capital of the Kazakhstan and Aktau city –main center of the Kazakhstan on the sea tourism program.

The main objective of the visit was to convey the message of friendship and the desire of the European side to strengthen the bilateral cooperation with Kazakhstan in the areas of economy, culture and mass media.

The Kazakhstan side had expressed his interest in the further development of the bilateral relations with Europe and the desire to fulfill the basic principles of the strategic relations forged between Europe and Kazakhstan.

The program of the visit was dense and extremely significant in the desire of the two sides to commit the necessary resources in building an economic correspondent of the existing excellent political relations.

The European delegation headed by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea held meetings with President of Kazakhstan Trade and Industrial Chamber Mr. Tabyr Esembekov.

During this meeting was presented the opening of European -Kazakhstan Business Council and the parties decided on the opening of the Kazakhstan counterpart to European based Business Council, also where tabled the main topics of the bilateral economic agenda and decided on the visit to Europe of a delegation of Kazakhstan business leaders in February 2013 and the was decided upon helding the European –Kazakhstan Business Forum during the visit of H.E. President Nursultan Nazarbayev to Europe .

Professor dr. Anton Caragea held discussion with Mr. K. Burkhanov, Deputy of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan who welcomed the visit of the European delegation as a landmark visit in the development of the bilateral relations.

Mr. K. Burkhanov expressed also his appreciation for the European parliament role in the development of political relations between Europe and Kazakhstan.


The meeting also underlined the significance of extending economic relations between the two countries and established a calendar of the visits in the next period.

The European delegation also held meetings at the Talgo Factory, destined to be the first factory of locomotives in Central Asia and open discussion at the Ministry of New Technologies and Trade and at National Investment Company of Kazakhstan.

In the cultural part of the program, carved by Kazakhstan authorities, for the European delegation in the city of Aktau , professor dr. Anton Caragea visited State University of Aktau and the famous historical and religious site of Shakpak Ata.

During his visit to State University of Aktau, professor dr. Anton Caragea and European side held talks with European professor`s working there on common educational programs and meet the Rector of the University-Dr. Abzhapparov Abdumutalip.

Professor dr. Anton Caragea appreciated the European role in establishing joint educational program at Aktau University and express his proud that European side had constructed with Kazakhstan support a perfect model of educational institution.

Rector of Aktau University- Abzhapparov Abdumutalip asked for European support in having more professors for finance, economy, engineering and other areas stating that European professors are among the best in the world.

Than European delegation visited museums and cultural and touristic objectives in Aktau area , the main being the sacred place of Shakapak Ata, a special historical and religious significance sanctuary for people of Kazakhstan.


Professor dr. A. Caragea delegation visit to Kazakhstan proved to be instrumental in the development of the bilateral relation between the two states and extremely efficient in fostering the strategic relations existing between the two countries.

 

 

EUROPE-VIETNAM FRIENDLY DIALOGUE

Posted by European Council on International Relations on June 17, 2013 at 5:35 PM

On 20-th of July 2012 the working meeting between a delegation of European Council on International Relations, lead by professor dr. Anton Caragea and a delegation from Socialist Republic of Vietnam, lead by Ambassador Vuong Thua Phong, Vice-Chairman of Commission for External Relations of Communist Party of Vietnam had taken place.


Opening the working meeting, Professor dr. Anton Caragea had extended his gratitude towards the Embassy of Socialist Republic of Vietnam for hosting and organizing this working dialogue and bid official welcome into our country to Vietnamese delegation.

Professor dr. Anton Caragea had emphasized, in his speech, the European side openness towards friendly dialogue, consistent and productive towards Vietnam, expressing his interest in expanding bilateral economic exchanges and fostering political and cultural dialogue between the two countries.

The visit of a Vietnamese delegation at the highest level is for us a source of excitement, furthermore as Europe is seeking to re-ignite the long economic and political cooperation tradition towards Vietnam and is considering Vietnam as a privileged partner in this world region, stated prof.Anton Caragea .

Answering to comments made by Professor dr. Anton Caragea, H.E. Ambassador Vuong Thua Phong, underlined that Vietnam is also interested in political, cultural and economic cooperation with Europe and the encouragement received during his visit are extremely important in re-launching the bilateral dialogue.

The meeting had continued with a large area of issues raised in open dialogue between Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and Ambassador Vuong Thua Phong, Vice-Chairman of Commission for External Relations.

The issues varied from main developments in Europe and South-East Asia and the main humanity problems up to date.

The long and open dialogue, full of substance, was considered as extremely useful for the parties and the desire to continue this dialogue in the next period was underlined by the parties.

 

NATIONAL DAY OF VENEZUELA CELEBRATED BY EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Posted by European Council on International Relations on June 17, 2013 at 5:30 PM

On 5 July 2012 at the residence of Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Embassy a special reception destined to mark the National Day of Venezuela was hosted.


The reception had gather representatives of diplomatic corp accredited to Europe, mass media and a delegation of European Council on International Relations headed by professor dr.Anton Caragea.

H.E Z. Coromoto Prieto de Rodriguez, Venezuelan Charge D`Affairs had underlined the importance of the 201 anniversary of independence of Venezuela, ″a period that is underlining our necessity and responsibility as a people of vanguard, as people of Venezuela to make the necessary efforts in the process of independence initiated 201 years ago to be recognized as part of our long struggle of our people to obtain the recognition of our rights to self-determination and dignity ″

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on International Relations had warmly appreciated the efforts of Venezuelan Embassy in Europe under the mandate of H.E Z. Coromoto Prieto de Rodriguez to make known to European public the ideals of Bolivar and Bolivarian revolution and the plight of Latin America and appreciated that 5 July is a turning point and an important date for any European freedom and dignity loving.

Also professor dr.Anton Caragea express his appreciation for receiving a new Venezuelan art piece as a sign of European-Venezuela excellent relations.

The 5 of July Venezuela reception was highly praised by everyone present for the extraordinary amicable atmosphere.

 

KAZAKHSTAN HOSTS RECEPTION TO HONOR THE STRATEGIC RELATION WITH EUROPE.

Posted by European Council on International Relations on June 17, 2013 at 5:30 PM

On 12 of July 2012 the Embassy of Republic of Kazakhstan had organized a public reception to celebrate the landmark of 20 years anniversary of diplomatic relations between Europe and Kazakhstan.


The celebration was attended by intellectuals, public figures, business community leaders, clergy and high level political personalities come to present homage to the strategic relation between Europe and Kazakhstan.

In only 20 years from establishing diplomatic relations Kazakhstan had rapidly become the main trading, economic and political partner for Europe and the Central Asian region.

Amongst the main highlights of this strategic relation we can present: European support for Kazakhstan chairmanship of OSCE in 2010, the European support for Astana`s bid as organizer of EXPO 2017 and the gigantesque conference held on 23 may 2012 when the European academic and diplomatic elite had express publicly the support for the strategic partnership between Europe and Kazakhstan.

All this important landmarks where presented in the framework of July 12 receptions, reception perfect organized by the Kazakhstan Charge D`Affairs- Talgat Kaliyev in an amicable and warm atmosphere.

A testimonial of the feelings of admiration and high standing of Kazakhstan in Europe was the presentation (at the indication of Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, Director of Institute of International Relations and economic Cooperation) by Mayor Nicolae Ontanu, on behalf of people of Bucharest of the main municipality honor, the medal SUPPORTER OF HUMANITY for H.E. President of Kazakhstan –Nursultan Nazarbaev.

This is a new indication that Europe-Kazakhstan relations are based furthermore on admiration and friendship among our nations appreciated professor dr.Anton Caragea.

In the end of this special night of friendship H.E. Kazakhstan Charge D`Affairs Talgat Kaliyev received warm congratulation from the attending participants for a perfect reception and a key moment in expressing European-Kazakhstan long term commitment for a strategic partnership.

 

EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS SUPPORT FOR CYPRUS EU PRESIDENCY

Posted by European Council on International Relations on June 17, 2013 at 5:25 PM

On 4 of July 2012 the taking office protocol and presentation meeting between Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on International Relations and H.E. Kalliopi Avraam, Ambassador of Republic of Cyprus had taken place.


Prof.dr.Anton Caragea express his heart felted congratulation on the occasion of beginning of mandate of Mrs. Kalliopi Avraam , appreciating that between Europe and Cyprus there is a long history of cultural, economic and political cooperation and a large area of common interests , designed to forge a good understanding between the two nations .

The Europe- Cyprus relationship has the ability to become an example of building an economic and cultural exchange area between East Mediterranean region and Europe.

Now it is an auspicious moment for reconstructing and rebuilding the framework of dialogue and friendship between Europe and Cyprus, as the level of bilateral expectations is greater and the political and economic will for this favorable expansion of activities is clearly marked.

H.E. Kalliopi Avraam had expressed here appreciation for the encouragement`s offered by prof.dr.Anton Caragea and had stated that the vision of a economic, politic and cultural special relationship between Cyprus and Europe is a common shared vision. This year is especially important for the bilateral relation as Cyprus is having European Union Chairmanship and is interesting in searching ways of cooperating with Black Sea region and supporting the Republic of Moldova aspiration for EU integration.

The dialogue had continued on concrete aspects and analyses of economic, political and cultural bilateral relations and on ways of fostering this dialogue on to the future.

The main topics had concentrated on increasing the bilateral trade volume, expanding tourist liaisons and fully exploiting Cyprus special tourist potential and organizing information trip for European mass media and European tourism enterprises interested in being present on Cyprus tourist market.

The amicable dialogue concentrated also on the possibility of organizing academic and political events destined to mark Cyprus mandate as European Union President, hosting a bilateral Business and Trade Forum and a book exhibition about Cyprus.

The dialogue led the foundations of a successful diplomatic mandate and fostering the relations between Europeand Cyprus and constitutes a promise for re-launching a European diplomatic action towards Cyprus and supporting Cyprus to have a successful mandate at EU Presidency.

 


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