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EU4Energy supports a long-term vision in Azerbaijan

On 21 May 2018, two new activities under the EU4Energy Governance were launched with a kick-off meeting hosted by the Ministry of Energy in Azerbaijan. One focuses on supporting the development of a long-term energy strategy in Azerbaijan. The country has started the decisive move towards ‘non-oil growth’. The long-term Energy Strategy will determine how the creation of wealth from indigenous resources should be best optimised, harnessed and combined for economic growth and what role the energy sector could play in this process. 

The second activity involves developing a code of good practice for stakeholder consultations and inter-ministerial coordination within the energy sector of Azerbaijan. Its objectives are to identify gaps between existing practices in stakeholder consultation based on EU best practices and developing a code that best complies with the countries’ peculiarities.

The Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Energy, Samir Veliyev, welcomed the continued support of the European Union. The implementation of measures on the reform of the energy sector is part of the long-term strategic road-map for the energy sector. Additionally, support is necessary for the public consultation process and inter-ministerial exchange. 

The Head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, Ambassador Kęstutis Jankauskas, stressed that both projects are highlighting the importance Azerbaijan has to the European Union and asked the Ministry of Energy and other relevant stakeholders for mutual cooperation on both projects. 

The EU4Energy initiative is funded by the European Union and the Energy Charter Secretariat is an implementing partner responsible for delivering technical assistance to Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus.