On Tuesday, 20 December 2016, the 16th Eastern Partnership (EaP) Platform meeting on Energy Security took place in Brussels.
The Eastern Partnership Platform on Energy Security brings together representatives from the EU, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine to discuss ways to promote energy security, renewable energy, energy efficiency and nuclear safety. It also discusses the construction of missing infrastructure links and ways to bring partner countries' energy-related rules more in line with EU rules.
The 16th meeting, chaired by Directorate General for Energy, was attended by six Eastern Partnership countries, Member States, EEAS, DG NEAR, DG CLIMA, DG RTD and international partners.
The meeting was dedicated to regional energy cooperation and energy efficiency. On this occasion participants were debriefed on the inception phase of the EU4Energy Programme and updated on the "Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy going East" initiative. Cooperation in the framework of the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P), the EU technical Assistance Facility for Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) and the High Quality Studies to support the Activities under the Eastern Partnership (HiQSTEP) was also presented. The participants discussed progress and challenges in the area of energy efficiency in heating & cooling and in buildings, and synergies between Platform 3 and Panel on Research and Innovation under Platform 4 "Contacts between people". The meeting was also an opportunity to present information about preparations for the Summit in 2017.