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Energy efficiency legislation progresses in Azerbaijan

On 14 May 2019, the Ministry of Energy of Azerbaijan and the EU4Energy Governance project conducted a kick-off meeting on the development of the first National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) of Azerbaijan. The meeting was devoted to the planned activities, timetable and creation of the inter-ministerial working group for the development of the NEEAP. The meeting included the update and follow-up activities related to the adoption of the draft law on energy efficiency, developed with the assistance of EU4Energy in 2018, and the continued support of the development of a long-term energy strategy for Azerbaijan.

According to the Ministry, the draft law on energy efficiency passed the inter-ministerial consultation process and was officially submitted to the executive office of the president of Azerbaijan at the end of April this year. The counselor of the EU delegation to Azerbaijan, Mr Erik Somelar, welcomed the Ministry with this vital step toward developing a comprehensive framework on energy efficiency. 

This technical assistance activity is part of the EU4Energy, an EU-supported initiative providing technical assistance to countries of the eastern partnership that seek to enhance their energy sectors with best practices of the European Union. In addition to Belarus, the Energy Charter Secretariat also collaborates with Armenia and Azerbaijan.