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EU4Energy

Building upon the long-running and successful INOGATE Programme, which lasted from 1996 to 2016, EU4Energy is an EU-funded Energy Programme involving the countries of the Eastern Partnership and Central Asia. It currently has a four-year time horizon from 2016 to 2020.

The overall goal of the EU4Energy Programme is to support sound elaboration and implementation of evidence-based medium and long-term energy policies, which will open up new opportunities for economic and sustainable development in partner countries, reduce their energy dependency and bolster their resilience, as well as promote efficient low-carbon economies key for citizens’ well-being. Planned actions within the programme support the implementation of the revised European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and are in line with the EU best practices. 

Within EU4Energy Governance component, the Energy Charter Secretariat will be providing technical assistance to Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus in the strengthening of their legislative and regulatory frameworks, the implementation of policy recommendations and the investment in key strategic energy infrastructure projects. At the same time, as Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus are Signatories of the Energy Charter Treaty, EU4Energy also advances their application of the Energy Charter Process, including the Protocol on Energy Efficiency and Related Environmental Aspects.

To achieve these objectives, this Project will consist of the following activities: 

  • The provision of technical assistance in elaborating relevant primary and secondary energy sector legislation in line with the approved country work programmes;
  • Support to strengthening the technical, institutional and administrative capacity in key energy related ministries and agencies and establishing more efficient and effective procedures including cross-ministerial cooperation and public consultation process;
  • The enhancement of the investment climate through an improved legal framework in the energy sector. 

The Energy Charter Secretariat is currently implementing its first-year country Work Programmes in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus.

 

ARMENIA

Country Work Programme for 2017

Following a comprehensive assessment regarding the status of the legislative, regulatory and institutional environment in the energy sector of the Republic of Armenia and consultations with national authorities, EU Delegation to the Republic of Armenia, the overall objectives of EU4Energy activities in the first year are:

  • Complimenting and strengthening the implementation of the existing legislative and regulatory framework in the area of energy efficiency of buildings and energy-related products;
  • Enhancing the investment climate in the energy sector by providing support to the identification of existing legal and regulatory investment risks;
  • Supporting the development of greater technical capacity in key energy ministries and energy regulatory commission, other public stakeholders on identification of key energy infrastructure projects.

 

AZERBAIJAN

Country Work Programme for 2017

Following a comprehensive assessment regarding the status of the legislative, regulatory and institutional environment in the energy sector of the Republic of Azerbaijan, consultations with national authorities, the EU Delegation to the Republic of Azerbaijan and other stakeholders, the overall objectives of EU4Energy activities in the first year are: 

  • Supporting the elaboration of relevant legislation on energy efficiency in line with the best EU and international practice;
  • Supporting the process of development of a long-term energy strategy of Azerbaijan, by providing guidance and methodological advice;
  • Supporting the setting-up of an independent regulatory authority;
  • Supporting the development of greater technical capacity in key energy ministries and energy regulatory commission, other public stakeholders on identification of key energy infrastructure projects.

 

BELARUS

Country Work Programme for 2017

Following a comprehensive assessment regarding the status of the legislative, regulatory and institutional environment in the energy sector of the Republic of Belarus, consultations with national authorities, the EU Delegation to the Republic of Belarus and other stakeholders, the overall objectives of EU4Energy activities in the first year are: 

  • Supporting the improvement of the existing legislative and regulatory framework on energy efficiency in line with best EU and international practice;
  • Supporting the ongoing structural energy policy reforms to move towards a competitive electricity market by elaborating relevant primary legislation in line with best EU and international practice;
  • Contributing to strengthening and improving predictability of the investment climate in the energy sector;
  • Supporting the development of greater technical capacity in key energy ministries and energy regulatory commission, other public stakeholders on the identification of key energy infrastructure projects.

 

Relevant links:

EU4Energy Project at the Energy Community Secretariat

EuropeAid Cooperation Office

EU Neighbourhood Info Centre

European Union External Action: European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP)

 

 

 


Contacts

Ms Bilyana ChobanovaMs Anna Nosichenko
EU4Energy CoordinatorEU4Energy Financial and Administrative Assistant
Tel.: +32 2 775 98 53Tel.: +32 2 775 98 21
E-mail: Bilyana.Chobanova@encharter.orgE-mail: Anna.Nosichenko@encharter.org