Support to Energy Market Integration and Sustainable Energy in the NIS (SEMISE)

Project Description

The SEMISE’s assistance will take a three-pronged approach featuring the three main areas of assistance:

  • Capacity Building Activities: Regional events fostering capacity building, transfer of know how and networking among the Partner Countries will be organised to address specific common themes in energy market convergence and sustainable energy.
  • Ad Hoc Expert Facility: Country-specific needs with a regional dimension will be addressed through the Ad Hoc Expert Facility specifically for energy market convergence and sustainable energy.
  • Project Preparation Facility: Targeted support will be provided for facilitating investments in the energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors, in cooperation with international financial institutions and selected local financial institutions.

The SEMISE project will undertake additional activities including awareness raising and networking; however the above three areas of assistance will form the bulk of work to be carried out by the SEMISE project.

Project Objective

The overall objective of this project is to contribute to achieving the goals defined at the Energy Ministers’ conference held on 30 November 2006 in Astana, as well as any future objectives, which might be set out in this framework, particularly as regards energy market convergence, investment facilitation and the promotion of sustainable energy.

Specific Objectives

  • Identifying the gaps and the obstacles impeding progress towards regional energy market convergence as well as ways of improving and accelerating the convergence process at regional and sub-regional levels, by contributing to supporting the development of stable and secure energy relationships between Partner Countries and between these and the EU);
  • Supporting energy investments, notably by contributing to creating a more conducive business environment, helping in the development of regional energy infrastructure, establishing collaborative links with energy companies, lending institutions and representatives of the business sector, identifying project opportunities and making project preparation services available to financing institutions such as the EIB, EBRD and selected local FIs;
  • Promoting the development of sustainable energy policies and assisting the Partner Countries in their implementation, with a particular focus on the promotion of demand-side management, energy efficiency in all pertinent sectors, renewable energies, and the mitigation of the negative impact of energy -related activities on the environment

Expected Results

The Expected results are as follows:

  • Progress towards greater harmonisation of policies, legislations and regulatory practices as well as energy investment frameworks in the Partner Countries and more generally, towards setting up of a more integrated energy market in the region;
  • Steps forward in terms of institutional strengthening, awareness-raising and capacity development in key energy areas, including in regard to sustainability strategies, policy formulation, regulation and tariff setting, legislation drafting, energy efficiency development and energy auditing;
  • Facilitation of financing by the banking sector (regional or local) or international institutions, of energy efficiency-related infrastructure projects initiated by the public sector, energy companies and/or private investors, with a particular emphasis on energy efficiency, energy conservation, renewable energy projects and infrastructure of common regional interest (whenever possible with the available budget resources), through a project preparation facility.

Key Data



Implementation period

19/01/2009 - 18/01/2012



Thematic Areas

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

Beneficiary countries

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

Project Activities

Activity Title ▴▾ Date ▾ Status ▴▾ Location Type
Project Preparation Facility (PPF) 01/06/2010 - 18/01/2012 Completed Country Requests (AHEFS)
AHEF Project Fiches 01/01/2010 - 18/01/2012 Completed Country Requests (AHEFS)
PPF Project Fiches 01/06/2010 - 18/01/2012 Completed Country Requests (AHEFS)
Reports and Studies
SEMISE Case Stories 18/01/2009 - 18/01/2012 Completed Reports and Studies
Country Requests (AHEFS)
SEMISE Methodological Approaches 18/01/2009 - 18/01/2012 Completed Reports and Studies
Final Report of SEMISE 01/01/2012 - 01/01/2012 Completed Reports and Studies
Combo Course on Sustainable Energy 13/06/2011 - 16/06/2011 Completed Bratislava (Slovakia) Event
Training Course
Study visits
Industrial Energy Audit Analysis for Bankable Projects 14/06/2011 - 16/06/2011 Completed Astana (Kazakhstan) Event
Seminars & Workshops
Country Requests (AHEFS)
Second Training Course on Energy Market Convergence 24/05/2011 - 27/05/2011 Completed Tbilisi (Georgia) Event
Training Course
Industrial Energy Audit Analysis for Bankable Projects 19/04/2011 - 21/04/2011 Completed Tbilisi (Georgia) Event
Seminars & Workshops
Country Requests (AHEFS)
Round Table “Investments in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Sources in the Eastern Europe” 10/03/2011 - 11/03/2011 Completed Kiev (Ukraine) Event
Other Event
Covenant of Mayors going East. International Conference on the Covenant of Mayors 21/10/2010 - 22/10/2010 Completed Tbilisi (Georgia) Event
Other Event
Study Tour on Energy Markets Convergence 04/10/2010 - 07/10/2010 Completed Riga (Latvia) Event
Study visits
SEMISE AHEF.29.GE: Covenant of Mayors. Communication Workshop for the Tbilisi City Hall 10/08/2010 - 11/08/2010 Completed Tbilisi (Georgia) Event
Seminars & Workshops
Country Requests (AHEFS)
Training Course on Energy Markets Convergence 28/06/2010 - 01/07/2010 Completed Baku (Azerbaijan) Training Course
SEMISE AHEF.19.KZ: Training Courses on Sustainable Energy 26/04/2010 - 30/04/2010 Completed Astana (Kazakhstan) Event
Training Course
Country Requests (AHEFS)

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Russian Federation
Thematic Areas
Energy policy
Energy tariffs
Energy markets
Energy standards
Energy security
Renewable energy
Energy efficiency
Energy investments
Energy statistics
INOGATE Meetings
Seminars & Workshops
Other Event
Training Course
INOGATE Meetings
Ministerial Conference
Information Event
Country Requests (AHEFS)
Reports and Studies
Study visits