Ashnak “green” village: How the EU is supporting Armenians to switch to renewable energy

Ashnak “green” village: How the EU is supporting Armenians to switch to renewable energy

12 February 2018
Heating is still one of the unsolved problems of Armenia. Some communities, especially in remote regions, do not have a gas supply. Moreover, even when they do, people avoid using gas because of the high price, which is not affordable for the majority of the population. The Armenian mountains make…
EU4Energy: Promoting capacity and expertise in the Eastern Neighbourhood and Central Asia

EU4Energy: Promoting capacity and expertise in the Eastern Neighbourhood and Central Asia

29 January 2018
Quality data and statistics are key to developing effective energy policies, as are knowledge sharing and dialogue. With funding from the European Union the International Energy Agency (IEA), a Paris-based intergovernmental organisation, is equipping governments in the Eastern Partner countries and…
EU4Energy: Strengthening the legal framework in energy in the Eastern Partnership

EU4Energy: Strengthening the legal framework in energy in the Eastern Partnership

26 January 2018
A robust legislative and regulatory framework is vital for the development of a sustainable energy sector. With funding from the European Union, the Energy Charter Secretariat is bringing recommendations and best practice to Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus. The work is part of the EU4Energy…
EU4Energy: Helping to put energy policy into practice

EU4Energy: Helping to put energy policy into practice

24 January 2018
A robust legislative and regulatory framework is vital for a competitive energy sector capable of attracting investment. The Energy Community Treaty extends key EU energy and energy-related legislation to its Contracting Parties, based on a legally binding framework. Thus, through the EU4Energy…
Zhmerynka energy wonders: How the EU enables a small Ukrainian town to save almost €80,000 each year

Zhmerynka energy wonders: How the EU enables a small Ukrainian town to save almost €80,000 each year

13 December 2017
The European Union supports small Ukrainian towns to decrease their CO2 emissions, improve living conditions for their citizens, and substantially save public funds which can then be re-invested for the benefit of all. But how does it do this? Zhmerynka, a small town of 35,000 population in…
How the European Union helps Ukraine to save money and energy

How the European Union helps Ukraine to save money and energy

08 December 2017
Over the course of many years, the EU has been supporting Ukraine on its path towards energy efficiency. Ukraine's economy depends heavily on imported energy resources. Yet, at the same time the level of energy consumption is three to five times higher than in other countries with a similar climate…
With EU4Business help, Georgian companies expand their businesses

With EU4Business help, Georgian companies expand their businesses

27 October 2017
Most businesses in Georgia are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), accounting for 94% of businesses and 43% of all jobs. Yet they contribute only 18% to the country’s GDP, meaning there is significant room for growth if ways are found to unlock and tap into their potential.
From innovation to social entrepreneurs: how EU4Business helps SME development in Armenia and how the country’s entrepreneurs respond

From innovation to social entrepreneurs: how EU4Business helps SME development in Armenia and how the country’s entrepreneurs respond

25 October 2017
Many small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in Armenia feel that their main problems start at their own borders, with the taxes and customs regulations applied by the Armenian authorities. However, few of them raise these issues, as most entrepreneurs are concerned about confidentiality and the…
‘You have seen my fall, now watch my rise’ – Moldovan wine industry rises from the ashes

‘You have seen my fall, now watch my rise’ – Moldovan wine industry rises from the ashes

24 October 2017
“What defines us is how well we rise after falling.” This quote describes perfectly the wine industry of the Republic of Moldova, which slowly but surely has found the strength to recover after the Russian Federation’s embargoes, imposed first in 2006 and then in 2013.
Stronger together: youth brings Azerbaijan and the EU closer for a stronger future

Stronger together: youth brings Azerbaijan and the EU closer for a stronger future

16 October 2017
Differences in languages, culture and traditions do not prevent young people from different countries from finding a common language, becoming friends and bringing the European Union closer to all its partner countries, including Azerbaijan.