Brussels– Ten (10) Partner Countries took part in the Regional Seminar on Harmonisation of Electricity and Gas Standards organised by the INOGATE Technical Secretariat in Brussels on 29-30 January 2013. Participantsincluded representatives of the National Standards Bodies, gas companies and electricity companies from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. The purpose of the seminar was to promote the use of harmonised standards, codes and best practices with regard to the equipment and infrastructure used in the electricity and gas sectors.
Since 2008 the INOGATE Programme has been closely working with its Partner Countries to promote harmonisation of electricity and gas standards with the technical standards implemented and used in the European Union. The lack of harmonised standards, codes and practices with regard to the equipment and infrastructure used in the electricity and gas sector has been identified by numerous studies and analyses as one of the main obstacles to closer cooperation between the EU energy markets and those of the INOGATE Partner Countries. To date, INOGATE has facilitated the adoption of 12 gas standards by the Partner Countries through the procedure of inter-state standards of the Euro-Asian Standardisation Council (EASC).
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