Thematic Areas

Energy policy, Energy standards

INOGATE regional workshop: Energy interconnection infrastructure as a key for increased security of supply

2015-11-24 - Brussels, Belgium

Key decision makers involved in planning, developing and financing energy infrastructure, policy makers, energy regulators, network operators and financing institutions will gather in Brussels for a workshop on ensuring supply and competitiveness through energy infrastructure connectivity.

The workshop will take place back-to-back with the 14th meeting of Eastern Partnership Platform 3 on Energy Security on Friday, 11 December. It will Identify key takeaways and provide a comprehensive contribution to be presented at the 14th meeting of Eastern Partnership Platform 3 on Energy Security, which will take place the following day.

The workshop will feature speakers from DG NEAR and INOGATE, as well as Country Coordinators who will present the perspectives of Armenia, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

The workshop will discuss current EU practices in developoping a new energy interconnection infrastructure within the framework of the EU’s own goals for 10% interconnectivity by the year 2020. The speakers from INOGATE Partner Countries will share their own good examples, present their existing procedures and tools and identify and discuss the main gaps and hurdles that must be overcome for interconnecting their energy supplies.

Casting a light on their own gaps and barriers hindering development of energy infrastructure will move PCs towards discussing their own experience and lessons in planning for security of supply and the development of an energy interconnection infrastructure.

Delegates will discuss EU practice in terms of both EU and their own legal and regulatory frameworks for interconnection and, at the same time, discuss social and environmental issues and the need to ensure broad public acceptance.

In the long term, the energy planning process will ensure that energy policies and strategies are defined; that dialogue between neighbouring countries will provide a balanced view of economic benefits against the pursuit of energy independence; that energy policies will become a process of consultation and that energy policy options will be quantified and assessed in terms of their expected impact.

On the photo: Meeting in Brussels "Regional Seminar on Electricity Cross Border Trading – EU Perspectives" organised by the INOGATE Technical Secretariat on 31 January to 1 February 2013