CENTRAL EUROPEAN
ENERGY CONFERENCE

18 - 20 November 2018, Hotel Sheraton, Bratislava

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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

BY INVITATION ONLY
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

Juraj Stern / Chairman of the Board, Slovak Foreign Policy Association
Lívia Vašáková /Economic Advisor, Representation of the European Commission in SR
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?
CHAIR
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KEYNOTE SPEECH
Maroš Šefčovič / Vice-President for the Energy Union, European Commission
SPEAKERS
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.
CHAIR
Lívia Vašáková / Economic Advisor, Representation of the European Commission in SR
INTRODUCTION
Fatih Birol / Executive Director, International Energy Agency
Peter Žiga / Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic
Vojtech Ferencz / State Secretary, Ministry of Economy of SR
COMMENTARY
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. 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.
CHAIR
Ján Klepáč / Executive Director, Slovak Gas and Oil Association
SPEAKERS
Tomáš Mareček / Chairman of the Board, eustream, a.s.
Erik Kolstö / Head of Commercial Operations, NET4GAS
14:30 - 15:00
15:00 - 16:00

Panel IV. 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.
CHAIR
Ingrid Brocková / Ambassador, and Head of the Permanent Delegation of SR to OECD
SPEAKER
Fatih Birol / Executive Director, International Energy Agency
COMMENTARY
Ari Kahan / U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Information Administration, Office of Integrated & International Energy Analysis
16:00 - 16:30
16:30 - 18:00

Panel V. 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 kinds 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?
CHAIR
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SPEAKER
Vratislav Košťál / Chairman of the Board, Energy Regulatory Office of the Czech Republic
Thomas Jan Hejcman / Director General, Member of the Board, VSE Holding
18:00 - 18:30
18:30 - 20:00

Evening Sessions

Parallel 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

CHAIR
Paula Pinho / Head of Unit, Energy Policy Coordination, DG ENER, European Commission
SPEAKER
Andrea Beatrix Kádár / Deputy State Secretary, Secretary of State for Energy Affairs, Ministry of Innovation and Technology of Hungary

ES II. Transformation of coal intensive regions

CHAIR
Aleksandra Tomczak / Policy Coordinator, EU Coal, DG ENER, European Commission
SPEAKER
Dionysios Giannakopoulos / Member of the Coal Platform Team of the Western Macedonia
Martina Lamačková / Head, Regional Development Strategy and Project Implementation, Trenčín Self-Governing Region of SR
Piotr Brożek / Chief Specialist of the Silesian Voivodeship, Poland

ES III. Social acceptability of the energy transition until 2050 – ENABLE.EU for Energy Union

CHAIR
Mykhailo Gonchar / President, Centre for Global Studies “Strategy XXI”
SPEAKER
Stefano Proietti / Istituto di Studi per L'Integrazione dei Sistemi ISSINOVA, Rome, Italy
Emilie Magdalinski / Notre Europe Jacques Delors Institute, Paris, France
Todor Galev / Center for the Study of Democracy, Sofia, Bulgaria
Mária Csutora / Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research, Budapest, Hungary

ES IV. Research & Innovation in energy

CHAIR
Efstathios Peteves / Head, Knowledge for Energy Union in the Energy, Transport and Climate Directorate, DG Joint Research Centre, European Commission
SPEAKER
Tomasz Gałka / Director, The Institute of Power Engineering – Research Institute, Warsaw
Petr Ocelík / Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University in Brno
8:30 - 10:00

Panel VI. 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.
CHAIR
Artur Runge-Metzger / Director, Climate Strategy, Governance and Emissions from Non-Trading Sectors, DG Climate Action, European Commission
SPEAKERS
Norbert Kurilla / State Secretary, Ministry of Environment of SR
Sławomir Mazurek / Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Environment of Poland
Pavel Zámyslický / Director, Energy and Climate Protection Department, Ministry of Environment of CR
Martin Hollý / Director General, SPP – distribúcia, a.s.
10:00 - 10:30
10:30 - 12:00

Panel VII (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.
CHAIR
Maciej Jakubik / Executive Director, Central European Energy Partners
SPEAKERS
Eryk Kłossowski / President and CEO, PSE S.A
Mário Turčík / Head, Energy Market Development Department, Slovenská elektrizačná prenosová sústava, a.s. (SEPS)
10:30 - 12:00

Panel VIII (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.
CHAIR
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SPEAKERS
Paul Lucchese / Deputy Director, Capernegies - French Centre of Excellence
Ivan Weiss / Executive Manager, SPP CNG, s.r.o.
Radoslav Markuš / Head of Corporate Development, Západoslovenská energetika, a.s.
12:00 - 12:30
12:30 - 14:00

Panel IX (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.
CHAIR
Artur Bobovnický / Director, Analyses, Programs and International Cooperation, Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency
SPEAKERS
Paula Rey Garcia / Leader, Buildings & Finance Team, Energy Efficiency, DG ENER, European Commission
Doris Österreicher / Department of Structural Engineering and Life Sciences, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
Stanislav Janiš / Chairman of the Board, Slovak Association the Heat Producers Representatives of business and/or academia
12:30 - 14:00

Panel X (parallel). Investments into energy sector

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?
CHAIR
Radoslaw Ossowski-Barbetti / Head, Bratislava Office, European Investment Bank
SPEAKERS
Marián Rusko / Member of Board, Západoslovenská energetika, a.s. (ZSE)
Robert Spišák / Chairman of Board, ENVIEN Group
Peter Badík / Co-founder & Managing Partner, GreenWay Infrastructure, s.r.o.
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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OSW
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Venue & Info

Sheraton Bratislava Hotel

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.

Book your stay at Sheraton Bratislava Hotel during the Conference.

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