Press Release: EU report: Implementation of reforms continues to bring EU and Ukraine closer together

The new President, Parliament and Government of Ukraine have all stated their commitment to the continued implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. A report published today by the EU finds that, over the past year, Ukraine has adopted important legislation and strengthened institutions, as demanded by the Ukrainian citizens, but that further work is needed, particularly to improve the business and investment climate.

Press Release: Parliamentary Plenum in Chisinau endorses report on energy efficiency, in 2020 to focus on coal regions in transition and energy prosumers

Yesterday, the Energy Community Parliamentary Plenum met in Chisinau under the chairmanship of Vladimir Golovatiuc, Chair of the Committee for Economy, Budget and Finance of the Parliament of Moldova. Members of Parliament discussed the draft Report on the Future of Energy Efficiency in the Energy Community, drafted by Mr Aleksandar Damjanovic, Member of the Parliament of Montenegro.

Agenda: Customs Union Working Party (18 December 2019)

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Press Release: EU budget support to partner countries not always backed up by sufficiently relevant and robust performance data, say Auditors

The data the EU uses for granting budget support variable tranches to partner countries is not always solid enough to take informed decisions, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. Performance indicators and their targets are sometimes not relevant, which makes it difficult to assess whether partner countries have made progress in implementing reforms as agreed. Decisions to release the budget support payments may therefore not always have been sufficiently justified, say the auditors.

Report: Trade Defence Statistics – First Nine Months of 2019

The attached statistics covering the first nine months of 2019 will also be part of the 2019 Annual Report, which will be submitted by the Commission to the European Parliament later this year.

‘I/A’ Item Note: Council Decision to authorise the European Commission to open negociations for Customs Cooperation and Mutual Administrative Assistance Agreement (CCMAA) with the Republic of Belarus

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UPDATED – Agenda: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (18 November 2019)

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Press Release: WB6 regional electricity market integration reached point of no return

The WB6 regional electricity connectivity closing event brought together 80 stakeholders from all WB6 Contracting Parties on 5 December in Tivat, Montenegro. The project successfully delivered 11 national, one bilateral and five regional projects, which were instrumental in tackling some of the biggest challenges the WB6 were facing in creating a regional electricity market.

Outcome: 3rd Ukraine – EU TSD Sub-Committee meeting (6 November 2019, Brussels)

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Press Release: EBRD and GCF boost climate finance for Serbian SMEs

EBRD, GCF and Luxembourg to boost climate finance in Serbian leasing sector. €20 million to UniCredit Leasing to support climate finance. Small and medium-sized enterprises to receive finance (leasing) for climate mitigation and resilience projects.

UPDATED – Event: EU-Ukraine (DCFTA) Civil Society Forum (Brussels, 7 November 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Economic and Financial Affairs Council (5 December 2019)

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Agenda: Customs Union Working Party (9 December 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Energy Council (4 December 2019)

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Speech: Commissioner Simson at the Energy Council Press Conference

Brussels, 4 December 2019

Agenda: Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) (11 December 2019)

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Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (4 December 2019)

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Any other business – Implementation of nuclear safety recommendations outlined in the EU peer review report of the Belarus NPP ‘stress tests’

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UPDATED – Comitology Written Consultation: European Banking Committee

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Press Release: Ukraine – EU Bank launches new scheme to strengthen the agri-food sector

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has launched the Agri-Food Value Chain Project, which is backed by a loan of up to EUR 400m from the EU bank, along with donor-backed technical assistance, in order to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and mid-caps in Ukraine. The programme is intended to help Ukraine benefit from the opportunities offered by the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) established under the Association Agreement with the European Union (EU).

Press Release: Training session raises awareness of methane emissions in the gas sector

The Energy Community Secretariat, Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) and the Technical Association of the European Natural Gas Industry (MARCOGAZ) organised a training session on “Methane Emissions in the Gas Sector” on 26 and 27 November in Vienna. The aim of the session was to raise awareness and share the knowledge on the matter with a special focus on Central and South-Eastern Europe.

Declassification: Recommendation for a Council Decision authorising the opening of negotiations on an agreement between the European Union and the Russian Federation on the operation of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline

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Joint Minutes: Second Meeting of the EU – Armenia Partnership Committee in Trade configuration

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UPDATED – Comitology Meeting: Committee for the Common Organisation of the Agricultural Markets – Animal Products (21 November 2019)

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