The 11th Regional JODI Training Workshop was hosted by the Energy Community Secretariat at its Headquarters in Vienna from 23-25 March 2015. The IEF Secretariat organised and co-ordinated the workshop with the support of other JODI Partners (IEA, EUROSTAT, GECF, OPEC, & UNSD) for the benefit of statistical officers in charge of hydrocarbon data collection at national administrations primarily from South Eastern European countries.
35 delegates from 14 countries took part in the workshop which was designed to raise awareness and build understanding of the Joint Organisations Data Initiative (JODI) among the member states of the Energy Community, many of which are not yet contributing data to JODI.
The participation of key experts in charge of energy data from several of the JODI partner organisations provided participants with a good overview of JODI and highlighted the importance of cooperation in the quest for global data transparency. The workshop’s hands-on training sessions also provided an opportunity for delegates to receive detailed instruction on JODI definitions and to learn more about the data quality assessment techniques necessary for the accurate and timely completion of JODI questionnaires. Experience-sharing among and between the Energy Community Contracting Parties and the European Union Member States participating in the JODI, proved to be particularly useful, especially in regard to their data collection practices and concerns related to data validation.
Ukraine and FYR Macedonia are the only contracting parties of the Energy Community participating in the JODI initiative. However, as a follow-up to this successful workshop the Energy Community now aims to ensure that the remaining countries will be ready to contribute to the JODI World Database before the end of 2015.
Please visit the JODI website for further details about the 11th Regional JODI Training Workshop.