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Priority areas for cooperation within EU4Energy programme discussed with H.E. Ambassador Aleksandr Mikhnevich

On 30 September 2016, the Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák visited the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus to the Kingdom of Belgium. Dr Rusnák held a meeting with H.E. Aleksandr Mikhnevich, Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus and Head of the Mission to the European Union, to discuss ongoing cooperation activities between the International Energy Charter and the EU4Energy programme.

Dr Rusnák informed Ambassador Mikhnevich on the recently launched EU-funded energy programme EU4Energy and in particular on the specific objective to support the Republic of Belarus in the process of sound elaboration and implementation of future energy policies. The Energy Charter Secretariat is one of the EU4Energy implementing organisations, together with the Energy Community and the International Energy Agency. Secretariat’s experts are already closely working with the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Belarus on identifying key priorities for the 4 year long work programme. Concrete technical assistance will be provided within EU4Energy Component 3 until 2020 in areas such as electricity and gas sectors reforms, creating favourable conditions for investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy, and enhancement of the investment climate in the energy sector. 

Ambassador Mikhnevich welcomed the ongoing fruitful cooperation with the Republic of Belarus within the Energy Charter Process and expressed his appreciation of the role of the Secretariat within the EU4Energy programme.