Thematic Areas

Energy policy, Energy tariffs, Energy markets, Energy standards, Energy security, Renewable energy, Energy efficiency, Energy investments, Energy statistics

INOGATE Annual Meeting – Brussels, 22 October 2014

2014-10-18 - Brussels

The European Commission, with support from the INOGATE Technical Secretariat, will organise the next INOGATE Annual Meeting in Brussels on the 22nd of October 2014, which will take place back-to-back to the Eastern Partnership Platform III meeting on Energy Security on the October 23rd.

The Annual Meeting will focus on the progress made in the past year within the INOGATE Programme, its results and plans for the future. Furthermore, the meeting will include a special session on questions of EU and INOGATE Partner countries' energy security.

More specifically, the agenda will include the following topics:

  • Key developments in the energy sector in INOGATE Partner countries and results of the Status Report Review in 2014;
  • Progress of INOGATE Technical Secretariat (ITS) in 2014, results of the project Energy Efficiency in Buildings and activities of the project Sustainable Energy in Central Asia;
  • INOGATE working programme (new INOGATE strategy and country work plans);
  • Findings of the assessment of past and present EU energy support to INOGATE Partner Countries and lessons learned for the future energy assistance;
  • Communication on the EU Energy Security strategy and the EU support mechanisms to energy security in Partner Countries.
More information as well as the full set of documents of the event will be available in the event dedicated page. 



Thematic Areas

Energy statistics

Study Visit on Energy Statistics and Energy Balances, 8 - 11 July 2014 – Vienna, Austria

2014-08-26 -

INOGATE and Statistics Austria (STAT) cooperated to bring together 18 specialists from National Statistical Institutes (NSIs) in nine INOGATE Partner Countries to further improve and enhance the capacity of statistical specialists to produce good quality energy statistics and energy balances in accordance with European and international standards. STAT is well known among EU member countries for its best practices in the compilation of energy statistics and energy balances. To supplement the knowledge and expertise provided by STAT, experts from two other European NSIs were also invited to share their experiences – from Latvia and Croatia. Relevant topics were suggested by the participants – all specialists working with energy statistics and energy balances in the NSIs of INOGATE Partner Countries. The seminar covered methodology for energy balance compilation, including supply, transformation and consumption, the dissemination and publication of energy data and its quality assessment, which includes relevance, accuracy, timeliness, accessibility, comparability and consistency. The importance of cooperation among major stakeholders, such as ministries, energy market regulators, and energy and environment agencies, was highlighted by the Austrian colleagues and a visit to the Energy Community Secretariat headquarters provided context for the information presented. The Head of the Directorate of Spatial Statistics of STAT, Ms. Beata Schmidt, emphasized what an excellent opportunity the event was for the exchange of good practices in compiling energy statistics and energy balances and how it provided a platform to compare political requirements and statistical feasibility taking into account data quality aspects and cost-benefit considerations. Such an event provided new ideas and a new perspective through the participation of various stakeholders. Ms Milka Mumovic of the Energy Community Secretariat hoped that such an event would lead towards greater regional cooperation and further add to the development and improvement of energy statistics in the region. Participants, 89% of whom evaluated the event as excellent, were urged to share their new knowledge with colleagues upon their return.



Thematic Areas

Energy policy, Energy tariffs, Energy markets, Energy standards, Energy security, Renewable energy, Energy efficiency, Energy investments, Energy statistics

Energy Cooperation Achievements in Azerbaijan and Way Forward

2014-07-17 -

Over 40 representatives of 15 Azeri organisations came together for the event, titled "EU INOGATE Programme: Energy Cooperation Achievements in Azerbaijan and Way Forward", jointly organised by the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan and INOGATE Technical Secretariat. Participants included representatives from ministries, the energy industry, the tariff council, the metrology and standardisation body, NGOs, a bank, academia and the media, as well as members of the EU Delegation and the INOGATE ITS. The event took stock of the results of INOGATE`s work in Azerbaijan and agreed the main priorities of upcoming assistance. The interactive format encouraged the exchange of information and sharing of experience in key energy areas and tailored INOGATE`s assistance to the country`s most important priorities.

The participants examined how best to use INOGATE`s assistance and European expertise to foster the development of Azerbaijan’s energy sector and enhance the capacities of the country`s institutions.

Participants outlined a joint strategy for the near future, emphasizing that INOGATE`s technical assistance in Azerbaijan will continue to address complex energy issues including electricity tariffs, energy market development, energy legislation and rules, methodologies and roadmaps, renewables and energy efficiency, energy statistics and capacity building for energy institutions.



Thematic Areas

Renewable energy

INOGATE promotes sustainable energy at EUSEW in Ukraine

2014-07-03 - Kiev, Ukraine

The EU's Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), held in Lviv from 23 to 27 June proved to have something for everyone – from celebrations of cities newly committed to sustainability within the Covenant of Mayors to cycle races and information events on sustainable products. The EUSEW is an initiative of the European Commission, designed to spread best practices, inspire new ideas and build alliances to help both Ukraine and the EU meet their energy and climate mitigation goals. EUSEW showcases renewable energy solutions and greater energy efficiency and was an ideal platform for INOGATE's second appearance at this event.

INOGATE provided prizes for participants in a cycle race through central Lviv, as well as for those who participated in other games and competitions on sustainable energy. INOGATE's promotional materials focused on its programme in Ukraine and on its support for energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The INOGATE Programme was also featured in an information corner on its technical assistance where visitors participated in discussions on awareness raising of sustainable energy, INOGATE seminars and workshops and how to join European initiatives on energy efficiency.

Among the more colourful events during EUSEW, 100 students formed the map of Ukraine and sang the EU anthem ; workshops were held for visitors on how to construct a solar collector and how to watch a movie by spinning the pedals of an electric engine. Children participated in games demonstrating the hidden opportunities to use renewable energy in everyday life.

On a more formal note, the EUSEW was opened by Jan Tombiński, Ambassador, Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, Andriy Sadovy, Mayor of the City of Lviv, Andril Bilousov, Deputy Ministry of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities and Gérard Magnin, Executive Director of Energy Cities. The conference also included the induction of 20 new cities from Eastern and Western Ukraine into the Covenant of Mayors. To date, 71 Ukrainian cities are committed to implementing the ambitious sustainable energy action plans required by the Covenant of Mayors.

The Mayor of Dolyna, Volodymyr Harazd, the first Ukrainian city to sign the Covenant in 2009, shared his experience with new entrants during the Covenant of Mayors conference. Delegates also heard from the Deputy Minister of Regional Development, Building and Communal Services, Andrii Bilousov, from mayors of the cities of Zaporozhie and Dnepropetrovs, and representatives of projects, banks and associations that are cooperating in the development of sustainable energy in Ukraine, as well as representatives of the INOGATE Programme. Participant interest was high in the INOGATE programme, with energy stakeholders requesting information on future common actions in sustainable energy and on Ad Hoc Technical Facility (AHEF) assistance from INOGATE.

The speakers concluded with an emphasis on the importance of energy saving, particularly in the light of the current political situation in Ukraine and how this may influence its energy security. They called for the creation of homeowners associations and the development of governmental programmes to increase the use of energy efficient sources.




Thematic Areas

Energy policy, Energy tariffs, Energy markets, Energy standards, Energy security, Renewable energy, Energy efficiency, Energy investments, Energy statistics

Achievements in Azerbaijan and Way Forward

2014-07-02 -

The INOGATE Technical Secretariat will organise the information event EU INOGATE Programme: Energy Cooperation Achievements in Azerbaijan and Way Forward on 17 July 2014. This event is jointly organised by the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan and INOGATE Technical Secretariat, and strives to provide an effective forum for the continued dialogue and enhanced cooperation between INOGATE and the energy players in Azerbaijan.

The event will help to take stock of the results of the INOGATE’s work in Azerbaijan as well as agree on the main priorities of upcoming assistance for the near future. It will offer an interactive format for exchanging information and sharing experience in key energy areas and tailoring the INOGATE’s assistance to the country’s most important priorities and pressing needs.

The event will feature a number of INOGATE speakers addressing a wide range of issues critical for the development of energy sector. They will deliver dedicated presentations on the EU’s experience in energy market development, energy statistics and its strategic role for robust energy policies, harmonisation of standards and energy efficiency labelling. Local stakeholders will discuss the main priorities and developments in the energy sector of Azerbaijan, talk about their experience of working with the INOGATE programme and outline possible areas of further assistance This event will contribute to summing up the progress to date and lay the groundwork for next steps going forward for the continued support to the development of energy sector in Azerbaijan