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The 2nd Ministerial Conference took place on 30 November 2006 in Astana, Kazakhstan. At this meeting, the EU and the governments of the countries of the Caspian and Black Sea regions, namely Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkey adopted the Energy Road Map that sets out a plan of action for an enhanced energy cooperation between all partners involved.The Energy Road Map defines the objectives for the regional energy cooperation and sets out a plan of indicative actions to attain the long-term vision. The four following priority areas were identified for the energy cooperation between the EU and the littoral states of the Black and Caspian Seas and their neighbouring countries:

  1. Converging of energy markets on the basis of the principals of the EU internal energy market, taking into account the particularities of the participating countries;

  2. Enhancing energy security by addressing energy exports/imports, supply diversification, energy transit and energy demand;

  3. Sustainable energy development, including the development of energy efficiency, renewable energy and demand side management;

  4. Attracting investment towards energy projects of common and regional interest.

In addition, all parties agreed to make every effort to facilitate and mobilise private and public financial resources from Partner Countries, EU technical assistance, and International Financial Institutions to support this process.

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The Energy Ministerial Conference that took place in Baku on 13 November 2004 was a milestone event in the development of the INOGATE Programme.

The conclusions reached at this Ministerial Conference initiated a fundamental transformation of the INOGATE Programme into a wider policy dialogue aiming at enhancing energy cooperation between the European Union, the littoral states of the Black and Caspian Seas and their neighbours countries.
The process was referred to as the "Baku Initiative" as a result of this conference.

At this meeting, the representatives from the European Commission and participating countries recognized the importance of an enhanced regional cooperation in energy and agreed to further develop this, aiming to:

  1. Harmonise legal and technical standards to create a functioning integrated energy market in accordance with those existing at EU and international level;
  2. Enhance the safety and security of energy supplies by extending and modernising existing infrastructure, substituting old and dangerous power generation infrastructures with environmentally-friendly ones, developing new infrastructures and implementing modern monitoring systems of their operation;
  3. Improve energy supply and demand side management through the integration of efficient and sustainable energy systems;
  4. Promote the financing of commercially and environmentally viable energy projects of common interest, which will be identified according to pre-defined criteria.