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Eastern Partnership Business Forum in Vienna

On 6 December a conference was organised with the Eastern Partnerhip Initiative in the framework of Austria’s EU Presidency by the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, partnering with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs.

On 6th of December the Austrian Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Austrian Presidency of the EU Council held the “EASTERN PARTNERSHIP BUSINESS FORUM 2018” in Vienna, Austria.

The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a joint initiative involving the EU, its Member States and six Eastern European Partners: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. It aims at building a common area of shared democracy, prosperity, stability and increased cooperation. More trade and investment, facilitated by a favorable business and investment climate, leads to more jobs and higher economic growth, as well as, ultimately, to more prosperity, and thus contributes to a sustainable security of the Eastern partner countries and their populations.

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@Eastern Partnersip Forum, Panel on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency; Copyright: Günter Pauritsch

The event focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy and in particular on the current trends and priorities of the EaP Member countries. Each country laid out the key elements for developing a more sustainable energy system and what policy measures are necessary in order to mobilize more effectively private sector investments. Sustainable buildings and energy efficiency were also key topics on the discussion among the panelists as well as the integration of renewable energies into functioning energy markets and the challenge for grid infrastructures. Among the panelists were representatives from Belarus and Ukraine. From Belarus participated Uladzimir Shauchonak - Deputy Head of the Unit for Technical-Scientific Policy and External Economic Relations at Department for Energy Efficiency of the State Standardization Committee of the Republic of Belarus a long time partner in the Austrian Energy Partnerships coordinated from the Austrian Energy Agency (AEA) with whom the Belarussian Department holds a Memorandum of Cooperation. Volodymyr Buchyk - Director of Strategic Development Department, State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving (SAEE) of Ukraine participated for Ukraine.  SAEE is a long term strategic partner for the Austrian Energy Partnerships and the AEA.

IT & Digital Markets and B2B Matchmaking Events were on the agenda in the afternoon.