On 1-2 February, EU4Energy Governance organized another series of High Level Policy Talks in Georgia in order to deepen legislators’ understanding of energy sector reforms stemming from the Energy Community Treaty and work towards a consensus on the key legal provisions. Following the high-level segment, experts of the Energy Community Secretariat provided an in-depth overview of the key reforms covering the areas of gas, electricity, regulator, renewables and energy efficiency. They clarified provisions of the relevant EU directives and regulations as well as the corresponding provisions of the draft national legislation.
Organized in cooperation with the Parliament of Georgia, the event was particularly targeted at parliamentarians, who will soon be dealing with a large number of energy-related legislative files. The Law on the Energy Performance of Buildings was already submitted to the Parliament and is under deliberation by the Economy Committee, while the draft Laws on Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewables are expected to be submitted in the coming days.
The event also highlighted the new opportunities for energy consumers and businesses resulting from the introduction of the new reforms, particularly in the area of energy efficiency.
* 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.
1 February, Tbilisi