CAN EU BENEFIT FROM COOPERATION WITH THIRD COUNTRIES ON RENEWABLE ENERGY?

By vmarinakis / On Feb.05.2015

EU PARLIAMENT, Brussels, March 3rd 2015 (Timing: 9:00-13:00)

Scope and Objectives:

The BETTER policy event at the European Parliament, took place on the 3rd of March 2015 in Brussels, Belgium, organized by the Observatoire Méditerranéen de l’Energie (OME) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The purpose of this event was twofold:

To present the main results of the BETTER project, in particular:
- A synthesis of the three regional case studies: North Africa, Turkey and West Balkans
- Potential and prospects of cooperation mechanisms in helping Europe achieve its RES-E targets in 2020 and beyond, under different scenario conditions
- A set of action plans tailored to the specific case study regions
- A policy roadmap

Discuss the main policy implications and priorities for the post-2020 framework, namely:
- How should cooperation mechanisms further evolve in order to become a more attractive and cost-effective option both for policy makers and investors?
- What are the long-term economic benefits that can be reached at the EU and Third country level under different energy policy cooperation assumptions?
- What are the main other positive side-effects of enhanced energy cooperation between the EU and its neighboring countries?
- Which lessons are to be retained to create a framework for increased Euro-Mediterranean energy policy cooperation, twenty years after the launch of the Barcelona process?    

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