Clima East Activities

The Clima East Policy Project

Background and Objectives (click to expand)

The EU-funded Clima East project package works with seven Partner Countries (the ENP* partner countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine – and the Russian Federation) on developing approaches to climate change mitigation and adaptation, in order to better equip partners to achieve greenhouse-gas emission reductions, and deal more effectively with the impacts of climate change.

The Policy Project (budget EUR 7 million) constitutes one part of this package, and is intended to support the development of improved climate change policies and strategies by the Partner Countries and the formulation and implementation of effective action plans and projects.

To support this objective, the Policy Project aims to:

  • provide targeted technical expertise to support selected tasks and fill particular capacity gaps identified by Partner Countries as key to achieving their national policy priorities in relation to climate change
  • facilitate multilateral cooperation and mutual exchange of approaches and best practice among the EU and the Partner Countries and, where relevant, support individual Partner Countries to adopt aspects of [EU climate change policy] in line with commitments under existing or forthcoming Association Agreements with the European Union.

The Policy Project operates as a regional programme, helping to address issues faced by a number of Partner Countries and provide support through common activities and sharing of best practice cross-nationally.

A summary of climate change policies, action and relevant stakeholders is presented separately for each Partner Country (please click on country name above). Dedicated pages also provide more information on EU Climate Policy and UNFCCC.

(The sister component to the Policy Project, funding eight Pilot Projects across the region, is described here. Implementation of the two components is separate but closely linked, deriving policy lessons from the experience of the pilots and aiming to support the use of policy measures to effectively replicate and build on relevant aspects of pilot actions.)

*ENP is the European Neighbourhood Policy of the European Union

Technical Areas Covered (click to expand)

Support and activity is foreseen across a wide range of technical areas, including:

  1. Engaging effectively in international negotiations (in particular UNFCCC) and delivering on commitments under international agreements
  2. Support for understanding  and, where relevant, aligning domestic policies with, EU climate change law and approaches;
  3. Strengthening capacity for strategic planning with regard to mitigation, including, as appropriate, the development economy-wide and/or sectoral low-carbon strategies; GHG-related energy efficiency strategies, NAMAs
  4. Strengthening capacity for strategic planning with regard to adaptation to climate change;
  5. Designing appropriate legislation to underpin national policy
  6. Developing relevant infrastructure for data capture, assessment and reporting to underpin policy, monitoring and compliance with international or domestic commitments (including GHG Registry and Inventory, and Monitoring, Reporting and Verification systems)
  7. Developing appropriate scientific models and analytical capacity to underpin policy development and action planning
  8. Developing awareness of, and successfully accessing,  relevant financing mechanisms for climate action;
  9. Elaboration of domestic and regional emission trading systems.

Key Policy Project Documents

Project Team and Resources (click to expand)

The Clima East Policy Project is implemented by a core team of four Key Experts

  • Key Expert on Climate Change and Team Leader – Mr Zsolt Lengyel
  • Key Expert on UNFCCC & Emission Trading  – Dr. Marzena Chodor
  • Key Expert and Regional Coordinator for Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine – Dr. Mikhail Kozeltsev
  • Key Expert and Regional Coordinator for Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia – Ms Medea Inashvili

Zsolt Lengyel and Marzena Chodor have their base of operations in the Main Project Office in Brussels, Belgium, but also work extensively in the six Partner Countries, to support exchange of information and expertise between the EU and the Partner Countries. The Brussels Office will operate the Help Desk to facilitate answers for brief queries from Partner Country Stakeholders.

Mikhail Kozeltsev, based at the Project’s Moscow satellite office, works closely with stakeholders in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine to coordinate the Project’s activities there and Medea Inashvili, based at the Project’s Georgian satellite office, works closely with stakeholders in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

Other expertise will be made available through the Project where required for specific regional activities and in response to Expert Facility requests for support in specific tasks at national level.

Management Consortium (click to expand)

The Policy Project is managed on behalf of the European Commission Directorate General for Development Aid and Cooperation (DG DEVCO) by a consortium of five partners, led by HTSPE Ltd.

Each of the Consortium Members brings specific expertise to support the aims of the Project.

HTSPE Ltd (Consortium Lead)






Milieu Ltd.




Outputs and Deliverables (public documents only) (click to expand)


Dr. Marzena Chodor, March 2014: Paper “Reflections on the Outcomes of ADP 2.4″ Post-ADP 2014 March Info Note Clima East ENG

Dr. Marzena Chodor, December 2013: Paper ” The outcome of climate negotiations at COP.19/CMP.9 in Warsaw” COP 19 Outcomes

Country outputs:
Russian Federation

Other Relevant Projects (click to expand)


Clima East operates alongside a number of other projects relevant to climate change issues in the region, and coordinates activity with these wherever suitable. For further information on other projects, please click here.

Newsletter of the Clima East Policy Project

The newsletter displays Clima East’s most recent activities and events related to climate change negotiations and actions ahead of the upcoming Paris COP21 meeting. 




Work Programmes

The 2014 Work Programmes are available through the links below. The graphical summary of the Clima East Policy project activates are shown in the Matrix below. Please note that the Work Programmes are subject to change as the project is implemented. The Expert Facility activities reflect the received submissions; as soon as Expert Facility activities are approved and their implementation start detailed information will be published on our Expert Facility page.

English Language Work Programmes by country:

Russian Language Work Programmes by country:

[Will be published shortly]