Energy has been and is an important area of cooperation for the European Union with partner countries in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia regions and support has been provided under the ENPI, using different modalities: bilateral support, regional support, Cross-border cooperation programmes and support to investments through the Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF) and Investment Facility for Central Asia (IFCA). The assignment consists of an assessment of EU support to Eastern Partnership countries and Central Asia in the field of energy covering the last financial framework period (2007-2013). This assessment is expected to provide decision-makers in the Governments of the Eastern Partnership countries and Central Asia and European Union Institutions with: • An analysis of the past and ongoing performance of the different aid instruments and modalities used; strategic strengths and weaknesses as well as possible gaps and alternative approaches • An overall analysis of the results and impacts of past and ongoing regional project actions, identifying their strategic strengths and weaknesses, their added value, their relevance to the policy framework, drawing on lessons learnt for the design of future projects • An identification of medium to long term (5-10 years) needs of partner countries, and relevance of EU support to address them • A series of recommendations on the design and preparation of projects or programmes which are innovative, supportive of countries’ needs, coherent with EU and country policies, and maximising the value of EU input. Based on the assessment findings, the consultant will provide indications to define the added value for regional projects, their complementary potential to bilateral cooperation and the possible modes of support in the next programming period. Work will be structured in 3 phases, i.e. inception, execution and follow up.