In the context of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between EU and Russia, leaders from both sides met in Paris on 30 October 2000 for the sixth EU-Russia summit, during which they established the EU-Russia Energy Dialogue. The aim was to strengthen energy relations through an open and frank discussion and cooperation on key energy issues of mutual interest.
Since then, the Energy Dialogue has provided an effective framework for a better understanding of the priorities and concerns of the two parties. Key energy issues include inter alia energy security, strategies and balances, infrastructure and technologies, investments, commercial relations, energy efficiency and environment.
The Permanent Partnership Council was established following the 2003 EU-Russia Summit and it aims at providing political steering to the dialogue. The Permanent Partnership Council involves the participation of the Commissioner of Energy, the Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation and the Presidency of the Council of the EU. The daily work is conducted by four Thematic Groups, namely the Energy Markets and Strategies Group, the Group on Electricity, the Energy Efficiency and Innovations Group and the Group on Nuclear Energy.
The 7th Meeting of the EU-Russia PPC will be held in Lefkosia, on 12 December 2012 and will provide feedback to the EU-Russia Summit that will take place in Brussels on 21 December 2012.
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