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EUEI Advisory Board Meeting, February 2016

EUEI Advisory Board Meeting, February 2016

State 

completed

Date 

17 February, 2016

Country 

Belgium

Region 

Europe

Summary

The first EU Energy Initiative (EUEI) Advisory Board meeting of 2016 was held on 17 February in Brussels, bringing together representatives of the Commission and member states to discuss the EUEI in the post-2015 agenda. Setting the scene, Roberto Ridolfi, Director for Sustainable Growth and Development at the European Commission’s DG DEVCO outlined the role the EUEI will play in supporting the international agreements reached in 2015. 

Most notably among these are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate, reached at COP21 in December 2015, as well as the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development. In particular, the EUEI will strongly support the EU’s efforts on implementing SDG 7, which aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. An exchange between the European Commission and member states on European strategic priorities and initiatives also took place during the meeting, outlining and highlighting efforts already underway to bring the post-2015 agenda to life. These activities include the African Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI), launched at COP21, the Electrification Financing Initiative (ElectriFI), and the expansion of the Covenant of Mayors into sub-Saharan Africa. Together with the EUEI, the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) was also recognised at the meeting as a central platform for strengthening political dialogue and coordination between the EU, member states and African partners.

The meeting closed with a small celebration of the EU Energy Initiative’s 10th anniversary – offering an opportunity to reflect on past successes in strengthening European coordination in energy development cooperation, and to look forward to the busy agenda ahead. 

 

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