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Eastern Partnership

The Eastern Partnership is an initiative to help Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine increase economic, political, and cultural links with the EU. It includes interconnectivity (energy and transport), energy efficiency, environment and climate change as one of its four thematic cluster priorities.

The objective is to support partner countries on their way towards a low-carbon economy. The work is guided by the 2020 deliverables and is carried out in the multi-sectoral Platform 3 and in the Eastern Partnership energy panel as regards cooperation in this specific area.

The energy work programme for 2018-2019 involves finding ways to stimulate the construction of missing infrastructure links, bring partner countries' energy-related rules more in line with EU rules, promote energy efficiency and renewable energy as well as nuclear safety and work on conventional and unconventional oil and gas resources in the safest and most efficient way.

Eastern Partnership meetings 

Meetings have been organised in the framework of the Eastern Partnership since 2010. Meeting information and reports are listed in chronological order on this page.


The regional EU4Energy programme aims to improve the quality of energy data and statistics, shape regional policy-making discussions, strengthen legislative and regulatory frameworks and improve access to information in the partner countries. The implementing partners are:

The programme forms a key component of the overall EU4Energy initiative.


Ukraine is a key transit country for EU energy imports from Russia. In particular, over 50% of Russian gas supplies to the EU go through pipelines in Ukraine. Ukraine has been a member of the Energy Community since February 2011 and is committed to integrating its energy market with that of the EU. 

EU-Ukraine energy relations are based on the Association Agreement in force since 1 September 2017 and its Annex XXVII.

In addition, on 24 November 2016 in Brussels the EU and Ukraine signed a new memorandum of understanding on a strategic energy partnership, updating their 2005 memorandum of understanding on energy. The objective of the new memorandum is to achieve a full integration of the EU's and Ukraine's energy markets. The EU and Ukraine are intensifying their cooperation in the energy field in order to reform Ukraine's energy sectors, with reference to the five pillars of the EU's energy union. In accordance with this memorandum, the parties prepare a joint annual work plan to facilitate its implementation.


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