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EUEI Advisory Board Meeting, October 2016

EUEI Advisory Board Meeting, October 2016

Members of the EUEI Advisory Board attend the October 2016 meeting in Brussels

State 

completed

Date 

5 October, 2016

Country 

Belgium

Region 

Europe

Summary

The third EUEI Advisory Board Meeting of 2016 took place in Brussels on Wednesday, 5 October. Bringing together representatives of the member states (MS), colleagues from across the European Commission (EC) and financing institutions, the meeting offered a timely opportunity for them to coordinate for the forthcoming UN climate conference in Marrakesh, from the 7-18 November (COP22). 

Supporting their regular exchange of information, participants informed of their activities at COP22, with an overview of the Commission’s events provided by DG Climate Action, as well as by DG DEVCO. Member states also reported on their and their development agencies’ events, and agreed to work together so that they could speak with one voice to underline the contributions and progress made since COP21. Updates on recent meetings at the UN General Assembly in New York on the African Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI) and between Commissioner Mimica and African partners, together with updates on important EU initiatives which will also be present at COP22 such as the Covenant of Mayors for sub-Saharan Africa, helped round of the picture on preparations for Marrakesh. 

Further, the outcomes of a mapping study into the European portfolio of energy development cooperation activities were presented. Drawing on the commitments made by the EU institutions and member states for the period 2010-2014, the international study found that Europe is leading the field in energy development cooperation: In that period 8% of all official EU development assistance (ODA) was spent on energy – be it building renewable generation capacity, extending grids to support energy access, increasing energy efficiency or supporting the necessary policy frameworks to effectively implement them. The study offered a number of additional valuable findings to the EUEI members and their work, and these will be pursued further. Further details can be found here

Also on the agenda of the EUEI Meeting were an update from the current Slovakian EU Presidency, and a preview of the priorities for the forthcoming Maltese Presidency. Colleagues also reported back from the joint workshop held on harmonising monitoring of energy access, held in Brussels on the 20 September, and on a recent AEEP/TAF Workshop on harmonising regulatory frameworks for energy in Africa, held in Cairo from the 27 to 29 September. 

The next EUEI Meeting is scheduled for December 2016 or early January 2017.

 

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