EU4Energy Governance holds workshop to improve energy infrastructure planning

Eu4Energy News
30 October 2018

Today, the Energy Community Secretariat under the EU4Energy Governance framework kicked-off a two-day workshop aimed at improving energy infrastructure planning in the six Eastern Partner countries - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The event brought together representatives of all six countries: regulators, ministries and transmission system operators.

The workshop focused on best practices with respect to infrastructure planning procedures, including the identification of priority projects, role of the regulator in investment planning, risk assessment and tariff setting as well as long-term infrastructure plans based on the EU’s experience of Ten-Year Network Development Plans under the Third Energy Package.

The second way of the workshop will address the initial results of the process to develop a methodology for the identification of so-called Projects of Eastern Partnership Interest (PEPIs). The methodology, developed under EU4Energy technical assistance, covers projects of cross-border relevance in Eastern Partner Countries, which are not members of the Energy Community (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus), and projects connecting Energy Community Contracting Parties with Eastern Partner Countries (i.e. Ukraine with Belarus and Georgia with Armenia). While derived from Regulation 347/2013 on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure, the PEPI methodology was adapted to fit the specific circumstances and needs of these countries.

In a second phase, the PEPI methodology will be applied to infrastructure projects submitted by the countries for an assessment process, which will result in a list of Projects of Eastern Partnership Interest. These projects will be subject to/benefit from NIF and funds of other donors.


* The EU4Energy Initiative covers all EU support to improve energy supply, security and connectivity, as well as to promote energy efficiency and the use of renewables in the Eastern Partner countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. It does this by financing projects and programmes that help to reform energy markets and to reduce national energy dependence and consumption. Over the longer term, this makes energy supply more reliable, transparent and affordable, thus reducing energy poverty and energy bills for both citizens and the private sector.

In Scope:

  • Ukraine Ukraine
  • Moldova Moldova
  • Georgia Georgia
  • Armenia Armenia
  • Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
  • Belarus Belarus