A tale of two Belarusian districts: As Slaǔharad looks to attract tourists, Ašmiany is working hard to retain them

A tale of two Belarusian districts: As Slaǔharad looks to attract tourists, Ašmiany is working hard to retain them

14 May 2018
Slaǔharad District cannot claim to be the most famous or successful district in Belarus. Indeed, the photographer with whom we are travelling to the southern-most part of Mahilioǔ Region admits that she has never even heard of such a district. Slaǔharad District has the tenth-lowest population (…
Moldova, former home to a Swedish King and motherland of mammoths: how culture helps the regions to develop

Moldova, former home to a Swedish King and motherland of mammoths: how culture helps the regions to develop

12 May 2018
In the European Union, 2018 has been designated the year of cultural heritage. Exhibits, conferences and seminars devoted to a new understanding of heritage as a process of discovering history and culture will take place around Europe. The Republic of Moldova also has a newfound appreciation for…
Creative development in small towns: Shamkir in Azerbaijan shows its potential through EU project

Creative development in small towns: Shamkir in Azerbaijan shows its potential through EU project

11 May 2018
Capitals and major cities are not the only places that can be cultural and touristic centres and be economically independent. Smaller towns also have this potential – the main thing is to see, and properly utilise, this potential.
EU promotes recognition and preservation of Armenia’s cultural heritage

EU promotes recognition and preservation of Armenia’s cultural heritage

10 May 2018
Armenia, a small and mountainous country in the South Caucasus, is famous for its centuries-old history and culture. Tens of thousands of tourists visit the country each year to see monuments that date as far back as the Bronze age. The preservation and rehabilitation of these monuments has become…
Energy efficiency - a reality in the Republic of Moldova

Energy efficiency - a reality in the Republic of Moldova

27 April 2018
The Republic of Moldova uses a considerable amount of energy for heating, with the residential sector being the country’s major energy consumer (40% of the total final consumption volume), according to a study by the United Nations Development Programme. Regardless of their technical conditions,…
Sustainable media: the key to independence

Sustainable media: the key to independence

27 April 2018
Every year on 3 May, the world marks Press Freedom Day. It’s a day on which we are reminded of the role of free media as a cornerstone of democracy, of the importance of media pluralism, of the significance of objective, quality, ethical journalism in informing citizens and defending their…
The unspent millions: how Ukrainian enterprises are reducing their dependency on Russian gas

The unspent millions: how Ukrainian enterprises are reducing their dependency on Russian gas

27 April 2018
New modern equipment and the replacement of gas boilers has helped enterprises such as Nibulon and Uniplyt to save millions of dollars and cubic metres of gas annually. Ukraine remains one of the most energy consuming countries in the world. For many years, artificially low energy prices…
‘The key is implementing laws in real life’: why Moldova needs energy efficiency

‘The key is implementing laws in real life’: why Moldova needs energy efficiency

26 April 2018
Energy efficiency in the Republic of Moldova is at a very low level. In order to produce goods or services with a worth of €1,000 in Moldova, three times more energy is consumed than in EU countries. The Energy Community, which includes Moldova, decided to assist Moldovan authorities to improve the…
The power of numbers

The power of energy numbers

19 April 2018
Interview with IEA experts Claire Morel and Talya Vatman - EU4Energy Data Workshop Endless queues of cars and people with gas canisters in front of gasoline stations – that’s a well-known scene from the US of 1973, the peak of the oil crisis when the members of the Organization of Arab Petroleum…
EU helps Villages in the Republic of Moldova Produce Renewable Energy Locally

EU helps Villages in the Republic of Moldova Produce Renewable Energy Locally

23 March 2018
Hancesti district, located in the centre of the Republic of Moldova, can be considered truly green. In recent years, natural gas and coal – associated not only with higher costs, but also with environmental pollution – are being increasingly replaced by biomass and solar energy in the district.…