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EU4Energy organized a high-level roundtable on energy efficiency in Azerbaijan

On the 15 March 2018, under the auspices of the EU-funded EU4Energy Programme, the Energy Charter Secretariat, the EU delegation in Azerbaijan  and the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, presented the draft Law on the Efficient Use of Energy Resources and Energy Efficiency. The draft legal text, developed in close cooperation between Azerbaijani and international experts, is based on best EU and international practices. It includes modern policy instruments targeting the improvement of energy efficiency in all economic areas to unlock the multiple benefits in Azerbaijan’s real economy. 

During the high-level opening ceremony, the Energy Charter Secretary-General Dr Urban Rusnák noted “With implementation, this law will bring about the creation of new jobs, increased competitiveness of industry, lower energy bills for households, healthier houses and environmental protection in Azerbaijan” 

Head of Cooperation in the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, Mr Jeroen Willems noted: "Energy efficiency is a crucial element for Europe's and Azerbaijan's successful clean energy transition. The Draft Law presented today – once implemented – constitutes a real step forward in this ambitious direction. The EU is proud to continue to bring best European practice and experience in Azerbaijan, including through the EU4Energy programme".

The draft law has been thoroughly discussed by the members of the inter-ministerial working group, comprising representatives of the relevant government authorities in Azerbaijan, during meetings held in May and October 2017 followed by a written consultation process involving relevant stakeholders. 

EU4Energy is a European Union Initiative whose objective is to provide support to Eastern Partnership countries in promoting energy market reforms, energy security and sustainable energy. Sharing best EU practice, EU4Energy also takes into account the specific contexts of partner countries. The Energy Charter Secretariat is an implementing partner responsible for delivering technical assistance to Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus