Ministers, deputy-ministers and other high-ranking officials from INOGATE Partner Countries (PCs), Directors-General from the European Commission and European representatives of international financial organisations, energy agencies, the private sector, think tanks and academics gathered in Brussels, Belgium on 17
March 2016 to celebrate 20 years of INOGATE Programme activity in energy
cooperation and to plan future action to further this cooperation. The event
was organised by the European Commission, with support from the EU-funded
INOGATE Technical Secretariat project.
The conference, “EU Energy Cooperation with Eastern Neighbourhood and
Central Asia”, was
opened with a keynote address by Mr Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for European
Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations. He presented energy as “a key to stabilisation but also fundamental
to economic development, competitiveness, social development and the quality of
the daily lives of citizens.” The address was followed by two high-level
panel discussions, one on energy security and sustainability, the other on
energy investments. In closing the morning session, Mr. Maroš Šefčovič,
Vice-President for Energy Union of the European Commission described the
“representing the turning of a new page
in our energy cooperation”. He added “by
no means will we loosen our cooperation – but the mechanisms will be updated.
We are concluding a very successful programme and introducing a new one to
replace it. We are about to launch the follow-up to INOGATE in two months' time
to last until 2020 with a budget of €21 million. The new programme will reflect
the current reality and we are making sure it is future-proof”.
Breakout sessions in the afternoon gave delegates the opportunity to
discuss various aspects of INOGATE’s activities over the years: evidence-based
policy making using energy statistics, empowering consumers by raising
awareness on energy efficiency, energy markets and tariffs, attracting
investment and energy regulation. Speakers from Partner Countries described
their experiences in improving these aspects of energy cooperation with the
help of the INOGATE Programme over the years.
An exhibition and networking area gave delegates the opportunity to
network and find out the latest information on energy projects in the Partner
Countries, as well as interacting with country delegates.
receive more information about the event and the full documentation
(presentations, speeches, photos) at “Final Conference on “EU Energy
Cooperation with Eastern Neighborhood and Central Asia”.