On July 8, the European Commission launched the second phase of its EU4Energy programme – ‘Promoting the Clean Energy Transition in the Eastern Partnership Countries: EU4Energy Phase II’.
The Programme, which will run until December 2024, aims to contribute to the development of sound legislative and regulatory frameworks for energy, to support the region’s transition to clean energy, and the liberalisation of its energy markets.
The Programme will address new challenges and opportunities, such as the gradual embedding of digitalisation in all energy-relevant market segments, while promoting cost reflectivity. Citizens of the Eastern partner countries will benefit from sustainable energy investments, prioritisation of infrastructure projects, increased regional market integration, and intra-regional trade.
The Programme will also promote the engagement of EaP citizens in its activities and reforms through consultations and roundtables, as well as a series of campaigns to empower and engage citizens directly. A particular focus of the Programme will be on gender equality, emphasising the importance of women’s engagement in the energy sector and their potential to take on leadership roles.
“The Eastern Partnership countries have achieved a good progress in transposition of the EU legislation and rapprochement of their energy markets with the EU, taking steps to empower consumers and create an enabling environment for attracting foreign investments,” said Michael Rupp, Team Leader for the European Green Deal and Connectivity in the Eastern Neighbourhood, DG NEAR. “The achievements of EU4Energy thus far underline the Eastern Partnership countries and citizens’ commitment towards European values. It is important to highlight their role – the European Union can assist with its expertise, but it is up to governments and citizens to convert our recommendations into action.”
EU4Energy is funded by the European Union with a total budget of €8.5 million.
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