The INOGATE Programme’s mandate is to support the development of energy co-operation between the European Union, the littoral states of the Black & Caspian Seas and their neighbouring countries.
The co-operation framework covers the areas of oil and gas, electricity, renewable energy and energy efficiency.
INOGATE is also concerned with the broad energy security strategies of both the Partner Countries and the EU.'INOGATE' originally stood for "In
il and Ga
ransport to E
urope", deriving from the predecessor project, 'Interstate Oil and Gas Pipeline Management'
, completed in 1997.
The enlargement of INOGATE's scope of activities was a two-year process that began on 13 November 2004 with an Energy Ministerial Conference held in Baku, Azerbaijan
, known as the ‘Baku Initiative’.On 30 November 2006, this initiative culminated in the signing of the Astana Energy Ministerial Declaration
through which the INOGATE Programme’s expanded scope and objectives were formally adopted by all the countries involved.
The new INOGATE logo and visual identity have been created to mark this new phase in the INOGATE Programme’s development.