18 - 20 November 2018, Hotel Sheraton, Bratislava


EU Energy Policy and Energy Security of Central Europe

The aim of CEEC annual conferences is to discuss key issues in energy policy and energy security, to create a platform for a dialogue among leaders and stakeholders in the energy sector and to contribute to finding better solutions for the energy policy of the Central Europe and the EU. The topics of the 12th annual Conference will cover investments in the energy sector, transformation of coal-intensive regions, energy market design, innovation and smart solutions in the energy sector and air quality.

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Keynote Speakers

Peter Žiga
Peter ŽigaMinister of Economy of Slovakia
Maroš Šefčovič
Maroš ŠefčovičVice-President for the Energy Union, European Commission
Fatih Birol
Fatih Birol Executive Director, International Energy Agency
Vazil Hudák
Vazil HudákVice-President of the European Investment Bank

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Conference Program

  1. Day 0 / 18 November
  2. Day 1 / 19 November
  3. Day 2 / 20 November
18:00 - 20:00

Welcome dinner

Vazil Hudák / Vice-President of the European Investment Bank
moderated by
Alexander Duleba / Director, Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association
8:40 - 9:00

Opening remarks

Alexander Duleba / Director, Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association
9:00 - 10:10

Panel I. Energy Union and the member states

Vice President of the European Commission for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič and energy ministers of the Visegrad Four countries will assess the progress of the Energy Union project from the perspective of both the European Commission and the member states. High level panellists will address the following main questions: what is the actual state of affairs of the Energy Union? How is it viewed by the European Commission and member states? What are the major achievements and challenges that should be addressed in order for the project to move forward?
Maroš Šefčovič / Vice-President for the Energy Union, European Commission
Peter Žiga / Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic
10:15 - 11:20

Panel II. Energy policy of the Slovak Republic – 2018 Review by the International Energy Agency

The International Energy Agency will present the in-depth review of the current state of energy sector of the Slovak Republic. The panel will discuss recent development trends in Slovak energy from a comparative perspective of findings of the previous review curried out by the International Energy Agency in 2012.
Lívia Vašáková / Economic Advisor, Representation of the European Commission in SR
Fatih Birol / Executive Director, International Energy Agency
Peter Žiga / Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic
Karl Kraus / CEO, Chairman of the Board, VSE Holding Innogy South East Europe
Pavol Szalai /Editor, Energy & Environment, EURACTIV Slovakia
11:20 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:30

Panel III (parallel). Regional infrastructure and security of natural gas supply in Central Europe

The panel will address major challenges confronted by the EU, and in particular the Member States in Central and South Eastern Europe, in the field of security of natural gas supplies, including the development of the strategic gas transmission infrastructure. Special attention will be given to the implementation of the “North-South Gas corridor” which could enable more gas flows among countries in the region.
Ján Klepáč / Executive Director, Slovak Gas and Oil Association
Peter Žiga / Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic
13:00 - 14:30

Panel IV (parallel). Investments into energy sector

The session will debate the importance of investment in the sector as energy is facing a transformation process: multiple pathways exist to meet long-term decarbonisation targets, new technologies are emerging, energy markets are redesigned and new business models are developing. Appropriate financing solutions and enabling policies and incentives will be critical to provide an adequate response to such complex transformation where many variables are present and one solution does not fit all.
14:30 - 15:00
15:00 - 16:15

Panel V. Presentation of the World Energy Outlook 2018

The presentation of the International Energy Agency flagship WEO report is a traditional part of the CEEC conference. Rising dependency on energy import, fierce competition for natural resources from emerging economies, insufficient electricity and gas interconnections, low investment and necessity to fight climate changes are certainly among the energy challenges that Europe has to face in the coming decades. The presentation will pay a special focus on the security of energy supply to the EU and in particular to the region of Central and South-Eastern Europe.
Ingrid Brocková / Ambassador, and Head of the Permanent Delegation of SR to OECD
Fatih Birol / Executive Director, International Energy Agency
16:15 - 16:45
16:45 - 18:15

Evening Sessions

Sessions are thematically focused workshops chaired by reputable experts. The aim of ES is to facilitate interactive discussion; therefore, the of kick-off speakers will introduce the topic. The role of commentators will be to respond shortly to kick-off presentations and thus bridge the panel to all workshop participants for their comments and questions.
ES I.Integrated national energy and climate plans
ES II.Transformation of coal intensive regions
ES III.Social acceptability of the energy transition until 2050 – ENABLE.EU for Energy Union
ES IV.Research & Innovation in energy
8:30 - 10:00

Panel VI. Energy market: Consumers, technology and regulatory framework

The panel will discuss current developments on the energy markets in the region of Central Europe in light of the respective EU legislation. What kind of consumers exist on the energy market, what are their preferences and behaviours? Which new technologies can we utilize in order to bring more benefits to consumers? How will the energy market look like in next 5-10 years? What shall be the role of the Regulatory framework in the process of energy market transformation – whom to protect, who is truly “vulnerable”, how to engage consumers and create more favourable conditions for application of modern technologies and increase energy efficiency?
Thomas Jan Hejcman / Director General, Member of the Board, VSE Holding
10:00 - 10:30
10:30 - 12:00

Panel VII (parallel). Climate goals, decarbonisation and energy security

The panel will discuss implementation of the EU climate goals paying special attention to respective policies and achievements of the member states from the region of Central Europe. The aim of the panel is to review the state of play in the area of decarbonisation and the role for a clean energy, including the way forward.
Norbert Kurilla / State Secretary, Ministry of Environment of SR
Martin Hollý / Director General, SPP – distribúcia, a.s.
10:30 - 12:00

Panel VIII (parallel). Regional market-coupling in electricity

The panel will assess lessons learned from the functioning of the market-coupling in electricity between the Czech Republic, Slovakia (2009), Hungary (2012), and Romania (2014) that created the basis for building a regional electricity market in Central and South-Eastern Europe. It will also discuss prospects for expanding cooperation with neighbouring countries as well as market-coupling with/and in other parts of the EU.
Maciej Jakubik / Executive Director, Central European Energy Partners
Eryk Kłossowski / President and CEO, PSE S.A
12:00 - 12:30
12:30 - 14:00

Panel IX (parallel). Towards a cleaner mobility

Successfully decarbonising transport is going to be central to achieving the EU’s commitments under the Paris Agreement. Transport – across all modes – now accounts for around a third of EU greenhouse gas emissions. The panel discussion will evaluate prospects for the utilization of alternative fuels in the transport sector, including electricity, hydrogen, and CNG/LNG, with special focuses on conditions in countries of the region of Central Europe.
Ivan Weiss / Executive Manager, SPP CNG, s.r.o.
Rastislav Lauko / E-mobility Expert
12:30 - 14:00

Panel X (parallel). Smart energy and efficiency

The panel will discuss energy efficiency in buildings, including the creation of technologies and services for smart homes and communities that provide smart solutions to energy consumers, increasing the resilience and security of the energy systems. It will pay a special attention to financial tools aimed at increasing efficient use of energy.
Artur Bobovnický / Director, Analyses, Programs and International Cooperation, Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency
Paula Rey Garcia / Leader, Buildings & Finance Team, Energy Efficiency, DG ENER, European Commission
14:00 - 14:30

Concluding session

Dušan Matulay / Director-General, Economic Cooperation Section, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of SR
Alexander Duleba / Director, Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association
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This year Central European Energy Conference is happening at the Sheraton Bratislava Hotel, located on the bank of the Danube River, as a part of shopping boulevard with promenade, entertainment, cultural and relaxing venues.


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