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THERMIE activities in third countries

The extension of the promotional activities of the European Community's programme for the promotion of energy technology in Europe (1990-1994), otherwise known as the THERMIE programme, to Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs) was fully launched in early 1992 with the...
The extension of the promotional activities of the European Community's programme for the promotion of energy technology in Europe (1990-1994), otherwise known as the THERMIE programme, to Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs) was fully launched in early 1992 with the creation of 15 EC Energy Centres in countries outside the Member States.

EC Energy Centres were established across the region, stretching from Prague to Tyumen and from St. Petersburg to Sofia. These provided permanent logistical bases, and helped to coordinate the activities of THERMIE in the CEECs where the implementation of innovative and efficient technology was an important means of improving the economic and environmental situation.

The main aim of each EC Energy Centre was to stimulate the market penetration of EU energy technologies. The centres represented a practical link between western Europe and local industry, offering a channel for industry-to-industry cooperation. A total of 472 promotional activities were completed in the CEECs by the end of June 1995. The total cost of all these THERMIE actions amounted to approximately ECU 16 million.

These actions have helped to increase awareness of EU energy technologies and facilitate their transfer from the European Union to the CEECs. The success of the EC Energy Centres has led to an expansion of their role to include energy policy as well as technology issues. For this reason, their management has been transferred, since December 1995, to DG XVII's SYNERGY programme which deals with international energy cooperation in a broader field.

In addition to work undertaken in the CEECs, the THERMIE programme also launched activities in other regions of the world of strategic importance to European energy technology policy. Through these activities, European energy technologies were promoted to new and emerging markets throughout the world, particularly in Latin America, the Mediterranean region, south-east Asia and southern Africa. Industrial cooperation and joint venture opportunities were also developed.
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