Order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan on establishing the Organizing Committee for conducting the inaugural 2015 European Olympic Games in Baku

17 january 2013, 18:40

The decision of the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committee to hold the inaugural European Olympic Games in 2015 in Baku is a historic event. The fact that Azerbaijan has been entrusted to host the Games being organized for the first time in the history of Europe represents a high assessment of the international and European Olympic movement of the work ongoing in our country, including our achievements in the field of sport and physical education.

The convincing victories of our athletes in the Olympic Games, world and European championships have been praised by the Olympic movement as clear evidence of the attention being paid to sport in our country and have enhanced Azerbaijan’s sporting glory. At the same time, an important part in this historic decision has been played by Azerbaijan’s ever-growing international authority, its economic power, dynamic development, large-scale modern infrastructure projects, the current public and political stability and popular support for ongoing reforms. Baku has become one of the most beautiful cities in the world. In general, Azerbaijan has a modern sports infrastructure and related processes in this area are under way. All this opens up great opportunities for conducting the first European Games at a high level.
The organization of these Games in Baku will strengthen the public policy in the field of physical education and sport in our country, contribute to further growth of Azerbaijan’s international reputation and help us secure an important place in the international sports community.

Governed by Clause 32 of Article 109 of the Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan and in order to conduct the 2015 inaugural European Olympic Games in Baku at the proper level, I hereby resolve as follows:

1. To establish the Organizing Committee for conducting the inaugural European Olympic Games in Baku in June-July 2015 in the following composition:

Chairperson of the Organizing Committee

Mehriban Aliyeva – President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, member of the Executive Committee of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

Members of the Organizing Committee

Hajibala Abutalibov – Mayor of Baku, member of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Azad Rahimov – Minister of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Vice President of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan, member of the Executive Committee of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Elmar Mammadyarov – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Shahin Mustafayev – Minister of Economic Development of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Samir Sharifov – Minister of Finance of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Ramil Usubov – Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Eldar Mahmudov – Minister of National Security of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Ziya Mammadov – Minister of Transport of the Republic of Azerbaijan, member of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Ogtay Shiraliyev – Minister of Health of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Abulfaz Garayev – Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Ali Abbasov – Minister of Communication and Information Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Ali Asadov – Assistant to the Head of the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Fatma Abdullazade – Head of the department on humanitarian policy issues of the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Azerbaijan, member of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Elchin Guliyev – Chief of the State Border Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Aydin Aliyev – Chairman of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Jahangir Asgarov – President of the Azerbaijan Airlines Closed Joint-Stock Company, member of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Etibar Pirverdiyev – President of the AzerEnergy Open Joint-Stock Company
Baba Rzayev – Chairman of the BakiElektrikShebeke Open Joint-Stock Company
Chingiz Huseynzadeh – Vice President of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan, member of the Executive Committee of the National Olympic Committee
Anar Alakbarov – Director of the Center of Heydar Aliyev
Agajan Abiyev – General Secretary of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan, member of the Executive Committee of the National Olympic Committee
Farhad Hajiyev – Executive Director of the Youth Fund under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Mikayil Jabbarov – Head of the “Icheri Sheher” State Historical and Architectural Reserve Department
Ilham Madatov – Head of the Azerbaijan sports delegation to the 29th and 30th Olympic Games, member of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan (secretary of the Organizing Committee)
Namig Abdullayev – Olympic champion, member of the Executive Committee of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Zemfira Meftakhetdinova – Olympic champion, member of the Executive Committee of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Farid Mansurov – Olympic champion, member of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Elnur Mammadli – Olympic champion, member of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Togrul Asgarov – Olympic champion
Sharif Sharifov – Olympic champion

2. To task the Ministry of Youth and Sports jointly with the Mayor’s Office of Baku and the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan with preparing and submitting to the Organizing Committee a special action plan for conducting the first European Olympic Games.
3. To task the Organizing Committee with resolving all the issues relating to the organization of the first European Olympic Games in Baku in 2015.
4. To task the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan with resolving the issues arising from the present Order.

Ilham Aliyev
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Baku city, 17 January 2013.