The INOGATE Programme is one of the first and most important programmes of the EU’s regional energy cooperation. A concrete manifestation of its commitment to long-term energy cooperation with its Eastern partners, it covers the areas of oil and gas, electricity, renewable energy, energy efficiency as well as broader energy security strategies.
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The INOGATE Programme supports energy policy cooperation between the EU and the littoral states of the Black and Caspian Seas and their neighbouring countries.
Initially standing for 'Interstate Oil and Gas Transport to Europe', the scope of activities of the INOGATE Programme was enlarged following the Energy Ministerial Conference held in Baku, Azerbaijan, on 13 November 2004. It currently encompasses the following objectives:
- Achieving convergence of energy markets on the basis of the principles of the EU's internal energy market.
- Enhancing energy security by addressing the issues of energy exports and imports, supply diversification, energy transit and energy demand.
- Supporting sustainable energy development, including the development of energy efficiency, renewable energies and demand-side management.
- Attracting investments in energy projects of common and regional interest.
Partner countries include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
EuropeAid supports the INOGATE Programme through the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) and the DCI (Development Cooperation Instrument). In 2009, INOGATE projects represented a total value of €51 million.