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Italy, Spain consider joint gas pipeline project

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Italian energy infrastructure company Snam has signed an agreement with Spain's energy provider Enagas to explore the construction of an offshore gas pipeline between the two countries, Trend reports citing Xinhua.

Snam, Europe's major energy pipeline operator, announced the move as European countries are searching for alternative gas suppliers as Russia-Ukraine tensions rise.

Russia has been a major supplier of gas to European states.

Connecting Italy to Spain is significant, given that Spain has the largest capacity for re-gasifying liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the European Union (EU).

But the country's pipeline connection with most of the rest of the EU is limited because of the high Pyrenees Mountains that form the border between Spain and France.

The deal between Snam and Enagas would work around that problem by laying the pipeline under the Mediterranean Sea.

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Lithuanian president to discuss prospects for Azerbaijan-EU relations in Baku

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Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda will discuss the prospects for Azerbaijan's relations with the European Union and a number of other issues on the international agenda during his visit to the country this week, the press service of the president said on May 16, Trend reports via TASS.

According to the press service, President Nausėda plans to exchange views on the security situation in the South Caucasus, the status of bilateral trade and economic cooperation, including the energy sector.

The Lithuanian president will also meet with Azerbaijani Prime Minister Ali Asadov, added the press service.

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Renowned Kharibulbul music festival in Azerbaijan’s historical city wraps up

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World-famous musicians gathered in Shusha to join the 5th Kharibulbul International Music Festival.

The large-scale festival brought together Azerbaijani and international musicians from ten countries in Azerbaijan's cultural cradle, Azernews reported.

The history behind Kharibulbul Festival

The festival was first held in 1989 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the renowned mugham singer Seyid Shushinski.

The folk ensembles from the Netherlands, Germany, Israel, and Turkey were invited to take part in the festival's second edition.

Many concerts during the festival were also held in Barda and Agjabadi regions. In total, the second festival was attended by about 170 delegates from different countries.

The final concerts of the second and third festivals were held at the Heydar Aliyev Palace in Baku.

The event was held annually in May until 1992 when the city was captured by Armenia.

The music festival was resumed last year by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation after Azerbaijan's victory in the Second Karabakh War.

Kharibulbul Festival 2022

In 2022, the festival once again welcomed folk ensembles from Azerbaijan and other countries.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva attended the opening of the festival.

Azerbaijan held the 5th Khari Bulbul International Music Festival in its cultural capital in the Year of Shusha and was timed to the 270th anniversary of Shusha.

The festival was remembered for its spectacular pop and folk-jazz concert on Jidir Duzu plain.

Well-known mugham singer, Honored Artist Gochag Asgarov, famous tar performer Arslan Novrasli, and his ethno-jazz band as well as Jangi Pop and Folklore Ensemble conducted by People's Artist Mirjavad Jafarov performed at the gala concert.

Young composer and pianist Etibar Asadli and the TRIGAIDA music project (Bulgaria), Colors of Pakistan Dance Ensemble (Pakistan), and the Bahor State Folk Dance Ensemble (Uzbekistan) also left no one indifferent.

At the final concert, the music fans enjoyed the fascinating Ankara Music and Folk Dance Ensemble of the Turkic World, the Melitassi Folk Dance Ensemble (Georgia), and the Azerbaijan State Dance Ensemble.

Laman Ismayilova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova

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Some 24,674 unemployed get jobs in 2022

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The State Employment Agency under the Labor and Social Security Ministry has provided jobs for around 24,674 unemployed and job seekers in January-April 2022, Azernews reports.

Of those involved in the active employment program, 13,736 were provided with suitable jobs, while about 4,325 people were involved in the self-employment program to start small businesses. The ministry is helping them to establish small businesses in accordance with their business plans.

The agency also involved 1,023 unemployed people in vocational training in the first four months of the year. Within the framework of cooperation with employers, these people were provided with advanced training courses in various areas and work was started to provide them with employment.

The ministry takes consistent measures to provide social support to vulnerable groups of the population, including martyrs’ families, war veterans and civilians affected by the war.

Social support measures taken by Azerbaijan’s Labor and Social Security Ministry covered more than 30,000 citizens, including members of martyrs’ families, war veterans and civilians affected by the Armenian aggression since the end of the 44-day war with Armenia in November 2020.

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