TACIS Harmonisation of Electricity Standards 

The TACIS (Technical Assistance to the Commonwealth of Independent States) Harmonisation of Electricity Standards project was successfully implemented for a period of 18 months, between September 2009 and March 2011. The project was managed by a Consortium led by CEN and involving CENELEC, AENOR, AFNOR and BSI, and targeted eleven TACIS countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

The overall objective of the project was to contribute to improving the prospects for energy market integration within Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA), and with the EU. In this framework, the project supported the countries' uptake of international standards, rules and practices, having a strong focus on equipment standards in the electricity sector, and therefore contributed to increasing infrastructure efficiency, enhancing quality and reliability of equipment; ensuring safety in transmission and distribution; and facilitating trade and investments in modern technologies. The purpose was to achieve measurable progress in the harmonization of the EECCA electricity sector for equipment standards with international standards. In order to achieve these objectives, technical assistance was provided to assist the relevant line ministries/agencies and national companies responsible for setting and monitoring the implementation standards.

The main activities included country reports, workshops, seminars, but also a medium-term strategy document and a handbook on the harmonization process.

At the end of the project, a final conference was held on 8 February 2011 in Kiev, Ukraine, bringing together all the project stakeholders, confirming the high interest of the 11 beneficiaries in increasing their relationships with CEN and CENELEC and obtaining assistance from EU-funded projects managed by CEN, CENELEC and their Members.

CEN and CENELEC contact person: Mr Eric MARCHAND, Project Manager - Market Perspective and Innovation.