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Promotion of energy policies for the new independent States of the former Soviet Union

In the framework of its SYNERGY programme, the European Commission's Directorate-General for Energy (DG XVII) has published an open call for tender for the promotion of energy policies for the transition economies of the new independent States of the former Soviet Union.

SYNERGY is a programme for the promotion of cooperation between the EU and non-OECD countries in the definition of energy policy. In its approach to Eastern Europe, SYNERGY attempts to acquaint policy makers with as broad a range as possible of potentially relevant options and methods used in different EU member countries and to promote the exchange of experience between the transitional economies.

In this context, a new activity entitled "Energy policies for transition economies" will begin in 1994. The aim is to strengthen the energy policy implementing capacity of the participating countries of the former Soviet Union by developing and demonstrating effective methodologies for the definition, implementation and evaluation of energy policies. This will take place in the framework of the bilateral partnership and cooperation agreements between the EU and the countries concerned and the multilateral European Energy Charter.

Within a budget of no more than ECU 600,000, the successful tenderer will define and implement a series of support activities to energy policy formulation in transitional countries. As an indication, the activities may be in the form of short, practical and results-oriented studies, awareness raising and the exchange of experience. This may be achieved through conferences, seminars, workshops and training courses in energy economics, project analysis and other technical issues. Relevant themes would be the strengthening of the institutional framework for policy definition, manpower development, energy policy definition for the interim period, the elaboration of work plans for key institutions, and the evaluation and monitoring of policy results.

The working team must be composed of experts from at least two different EU Member States plus nationals from the target countries; they must come from institutions, academia, consulting firms and energy companies. Together the team must dispose of expertise in technical energy issues, economic and financial issues, human resource development, institution building and organizational development, enterprise restructuring and development, as well as an intimate knowledge of problems in transitional economies. The programme of activities will be carried out in countries that have signed or initialled partnership and cooperation agreements with the EU. Offers should include projects in at least one country from each of the following groups: Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

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