27 January 2011

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Commission and Azerbaijan sign strategic gas deal

The President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso and the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev have signed on 13 January a Joint Declaration on gas delivery for Europe in Baku. Azerbaijan commits to supplying substantial volumes of gas over the long term to the European Union, while Europe provides access to its market for them. This Joint Declaration is an important step in the realization of the Southern Gas Corridor and the diversification of Europe's energy supplies.

Commission President Barroso said: "This is a major breakthrough. This agreement confirms Europe's direct access to gas from the Caspian basin, thus enabling the realization of the Southern Corridor. This new supply route will enhance the energy security of European consumers and businesses."

Commissioner for Energy, Günther Oettinger said: "As gas imports increase in the decades to come, we need new supplier countries, Azerbaijan foremost amongst them, in addition to our established partners.".

 

 

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Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between the EU and the Republic of Uzbekistan

On 24 January 2011, the Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of energy between the EU and the Republic of Uzbekistan as been signed in Brussels in the presence of UZ President Karimov and President Barroso.

Commissioner Oettinger and HU Ambassador Peter Györkös signed for the EU side, and First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Rustam Azimov signed for the Uzbek side.

 

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More Information: External Dimension of Energy Policy - Caucasus, Central Asia

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Thematic Network on Protection of Critical Energy Infrastructure (TNCEIP) Started

The European energy sector gives higher attention to the protection of its large scale energy infrastructure and facilities. Therefore the European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy has recently established a network of critical energy infrastructure operators from electricity, gas, and oil sectors to exchange their experience at European level on security related issues.

Initiating the TNCEIP Network, the Commission promotes a partnership to facilitate common understanding and co-operation among the operators with the ultimate goal of a high level of protection against external threats. The Network will address topics such as “Threat Assessment”, “Risk Management”, “Cyber Security”, and others.

The TNCEIP Network will meet on a quarterly basis and is open for Membership to European companies operating energy facilities and infrastructures. Next meeting is scheduled for 14th April 2011 in Brussels.

Contact: Mr José Antonio Hoyos Pérez (ener-B1-cei-security@ec.europa.eu) at European Commission.

More Information: Critical Infrastructure Protection

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Commission launches €67 million call for intelligent energy projects

The European Commission published in January the 2011 call for project proposals under the Intelligent Energy – Europe (IEE) funding programme.

€67 million are -fund projects that facilitate the widespread use of renewable energy and help realise Europe's energy saving potential. The projects funded under the Intelligent Energy – Europe programme are designed to help the EU stay on track with regard to its energy and climate change targets for 2020.

Negotiations have begun for the 60 projects that were shortlisted to receive a share of the nearly € 67 million available under the 2010 call for project proposals of the Intelligent Energy - Europe programme. These new projects are set to contribute to the wider use of renewable energy sources and increased levels of energy efficiency across Europe.

The 60 projects were shortlisted out of 349 proposals submitted by the call closing date last June. The proposals were tabled by some 3 000 organisations based in the 27 EU Member States as well as in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Croatia. Nearly half of the applicants were small and medium sized enterprises, followed by a substantial number of public authorities and non-governmental organisations. For the second year in a row, the number of projects in the field of transport has considerably increased.

The negotiations for the 60 new projects will continue until March, when the first projects are expected to kick-off.

The call runs until 12 May 2011. The full call text including information on how to apply is available here:

http://ec.europa.eu/energy/intelligent/call_for_proposals/call_library_en.htm

 

About the IEE programme

With € 730 million funds available between 2007 and 2013, the Intelligent Energy – Europe (IEE) programme reinforces EU’s efforts to meet its 2020 energy targets to ensure a secure and cost competitive supply of energy while fighting climate change. The programme runs annual calls for proposals and its funding covers up to 75% of the eligible project costs. To date, nearly 450 projects have been co-financed by the programme.

 

 

More Information: Intelligent Energy – Europe (IEE)

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