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The Czech Republic on the tour around the Western Azerbaijan

Events in support of the European Idea had become successful tradition during the last few years in Azerbaijan. Since 2013 the European Day is regularly held in Baku and the Embassy of the Czech Republic has been always an active participant in this event. This year the participating countries have decided to take an innovative approach towards the well-established tradition. A whole new concept of two-day tour around the western Azerbaijan was born under the name EU Bus Tour to Regions. Exclusively for this occasion the EU Delegation provided a bus styled in EU colors with references to the 25th anniversary of cooperation between the EU and Azerbaijan. The original design of bus greatly contributed to the visibility of the whole event, because wherever it moved, it quickly managed to draw an attention of local folk.

The tour itself has been accompanied by the rich cultural program, which was highly praised by both the locals and the foreign visitors alike. It was certainly no coincidence that the organizers chose Shamkir for the first part of the tour as this charming town boasts about its Protestant church and beautiful European architecture, which were inherited from the German immigrants who settled in this area since the late nineteenth century.

In honor of the foreign guests the newly renovated church resonated with the classical music together with the performance of the top Azerbaijani opera singers and organ players. Besides that, the representatives of various diplomatic missions had a chance to judge the art competition and award medals to gifted young aspiring artists.

On the second day the tour continued by visiting the city of Ganja. Incidentally, this metropolis of western Azerbaijan is the second largest city of the country and the twin city of the Czech town of Olomouc. The grand finale of the event featured the so called Euro village, consisting of the promotional stands covering all 13 participating EU Member States. During the duration of this event, more than 3,000 visitors came to visit the European village exhibiting a keen interest in developments within the EU as well as the study and recreational opportunities there. The project concluded with the open-air concert during which even the heavy rain could not influent good mood of the visitors.