15:56, 31 October, 2013

YEREVAN, OCTOBER 31, ARMENPRESS. The Yerevan State University bestowed
the honorary doctor's degree upon the Member of the European Parliament
Charles Tannock. The Rector of the Yerevan State University Aram
Simonyan handed the relevant certificate and commemorative medal over
to Charles Tannock.

As reports "Armenpress" Aram Simonyan underscored that the Yerevan
State University bestows the scientific degree upon the friends and
partners of the university, public and political figures, who support
the Armenian people in various spheres.

Charles Tannock was educated at Bradfield College, Berks followed by
Balliol College, Oxford and the Middlesex Hospital Medical School,
London. He is a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Before being elected to the European Parliament in 1999, Charles
worked for several years as a Consultant Psychiatrist in London and
was a Senior Lecturer at University College Hospital. Although he had
successfully combined political work with medicine while acting as a
Councillor in his local Earls Court ward (1998-2000), he was obliged
to give up his practice on taking office in Brussels.

Having spent his childhood living in various European cities, Charles
is fluent in Portugese, Spanish, French and Italian. He has travelled
extensively in South America and Eastern Europe and written political
pamphlets as well as extensive publications in the medical literature.

Charles Tannock s was the deputy leader of the EP Observer mission
to the 2004 Ukrainian Presidential elections. The negative findings
of this joint mission with the OSCE were a significant factor in
mobilising international support for Viktor Yushchenko's "Orange

He takes a keen interest in enlargement issues.

He is involved politically in a number of cross party Parliamentary
groups working to support sufferers from epilepsy, cervical cancer and
mental illness. He is a member of the European Cancer Patient Coalition
and the EP Intergroup on Animal Welfare, a former Vice-President of
the European Friends of Israel and a member of Friends of Tibet.

Charles was Founder of the EP Friends of India, a founder member of
the EP Friends of the Commonwealth, a member of the advisory board of
the EU Friends of Armenia, honorary EP Parliamentary Adviser to Save
the Assyrians Campaign and Anglicans for Israel, and the UK Friends
of Falun Gong. He is on the Executive Committee of the Conservative
Friends of Bangladesh and an Ambassador for FRODO, a UK registered
charity which helps Romanian disabled orphans. He is an EP Attachment
Host for the UK John Smith Memorial Trust and the Parliament and
Industry Trust. He is Chairman of the EP-Taiwan Friendship Group
and the EP-Sovereign Military Order of Malta ("Knights of Malta")
Friendship Group. He is the European Parliamentary adviser to the UK
Overseas Territory Association. He was appointed a Commissioner for
Human Rights of the UK Conservative Party in November 2011.

In the European Parliament, Charles Tannock is Foreign Affairs and
Human Rights Spokesman for the UK Conservative delegation. He was
elected to the UK Conservative delegation Bureau between 2005-07. He
is currently a full member of the Foreign Affairs Committee -
where he is also the European Conservatives and Reformist Group
Co-ordinator (Spokesman)- and he is also a full member of the Human
Rights Subcommittee. From 2000-2004 he served in the UK Conservative
delegation Whips Office rising to Deputy Chief Whip. He was between
1999-2001 the Conservative Party Spokesman on Financial Services.

From: A. Papazian