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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

PANELISTS AND INVITED GUESTS ONLY
KEYNOTE SPEECH
Vazil Hudák / Vice-President of the European Investment Bank
Topic: Investments of the EIB into Energy Sector
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 / Head of Economic Analyses Section, Representation of the European Commission in SR
Vazil Hudák / Vice-President of the European Investment Bank
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
Alexander Duleba / Director, Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association
KEYNOTE SPEECH
Maroš Šefčovič / Vice-President for the Energy Union, European Commission
SPEAKERS
Peter Žiga / Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic
Marta Nováková / Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic
Péter Kaderják / Minister of State, Energy and Climate Policy, Ministry of Innovation and Technology of Hungary
Tomasz Dąbrowski / Deputy Minister of Energy of Poland
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 / Head of Economic Analyses Section, 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
Aad Van Bohemen / Head of Energy Policy and Security Division, International Energy Agency
COMMENTARY
Karl Kraus / Chairman of the Board, VSE Holding Innogy: CEO, South East Europe
Pavol Szalai / Editor, Energy & Environment, EURACTIV Slovakia
11:20 - 13:00
11:45 - 12:15

Beyond Gas Beyond 2020: Energy Security in the V4 region in the 2020-2030 period

Presentation of research - conducted by four acknowledged research institute, AMO, Institute Jagiellonski, SFPA and REKK - focused on identifying the upcoming new challenges for the region. The presentation will enlighten how the renewable energy targets and the coal phase-out will lead to a situation where the co-existence of new nuclear capacities and increasing RES generation will modify the priorities of energy security, for example towards flexible generation capacities.
Ágnes Törőcsik / Program Director, Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (REKK)
12:15

PRESS CONFERENCE

Press conference by Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission for the Energy Union; Peter Žiga, Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic; Marta Nováková, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic; Tomasz Dąbrowski, Deputy Minister of Energy of Poland; and Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency
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
Slawomir Sieradzki / Director of the Gas Market Development Division, GAZ-SYSTEM S.A.
Erik Kolstö / Head of Commercial Operations, NET4GAS
Kamen Manev / Deputy Executive Director, Bulgartransgaz
Peter Pčola / Director for Commercial and Regulatory Affairs, eustream, a.s.
Tomáš Matula / Head of System Planning & Strategic Projects, eustream, a.s.
Karel Hirman / Energy Sector Specialist, Strategic Advisory Group for Support of Ukrainian Reforms, Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine
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
Aad Van Bohemen / Head of Energy Policy and Security Division, 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
Ágnes Törőcsik / Program Director, Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (REKK)
SPEAKER
Vratislav Košťál / Chairman of the Board, Energy Regulatory Office of the Czech Republic
Thomas Jan Hejcman / Managing Director and Member of the Board, VSE Holding
Jakub Fijałkowski / Policy Officer, DG ENER, European Commission
Marián Nicz / Principal State Advisor, Directorate-General for Energy, Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic
18:00 - 19:00
19:00 - 20:30

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.
Ballroom

ES I. Integrated national energy and climate plans

CHAIR
Leonardo Zannier / Policy Officer, Energy Policy Coordination, DG ENER, European Commission
SPEAKER
Tomáš Smejkal / Director for Strategy, Strategy and International Cooperation in Energy, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic
Waldemar Łagoda / Deputy Director, Electricity and Heating Industry Department, Ministry of Energy of Poland
Juraj Rokfalusy / Principal State Adviser, Ministry of Economy of SR
Moments

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
Krzysztof Tylla / Senior Specialist, International and Regional Cooperation in Environment Unit, Government of the Silesian Voivodeship, Poland
Memories

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
Connections

ES IV. Research & Innovation in energy

CHAIR
Efstathios Peteves / Head, Knowledge for Energy Union in the Energy, Transport and Climate Directorate, DG JRC, 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
Tomáš Hanus / Institute of Power and Applied Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava
Attila Imre / Department of Energy Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Budapest University of Technology and Economics
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 / Member of the Board, Slovak Gas and Oil Association
10:00 - 10:30
10:30 - 12:00

Panel VII. 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
Krystian Kowalewski / Executive Director of World Energy Council Poland
Andrii Nemyrovskyi / Deputy CEO for Market Development and IT, NPC Ukrenergo
Mário Turčík / Head, Energy Market Development Department, Slovenská elektrizačná prenosová sústava, a.s. (SEPS)
Jakub Fijałkowski / Policy Officer, DG ENER, European Commission
12:00 - 12:30
12:30 - 14:00

Panel VIII (parallel). Smart energy and efficiency

Room: Ballroom
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
Sylvain Robert / Policy officer, DG ENER, European Commission
Doris Österreicher / Department of Structural Engineering and Life Sciences, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
Valérie Plainemaison / General Secretary, European Federation of Intelligent Energy Efficiency Services (EFIEES)
Stanislav Janiš / Chairman of the Board, Slovak Association the Heat Producers Representatives of business and/or academia
12:30 - 14:00

Panel IX (parallel). Investments into energy sector

Room: Connections
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
Robert Spišák / Chairman of Board, ENVIEN Group
Tomáš Šípoš / Head of Regulatory Affairs, Západoslovenská distribučná, a.s.
Mário Paroha / Head of Research, GreenWay Infrastructure, s.r.o.
Massimo Merighi / Senior Sector Engineer in Energy Department, European Investment Bank
14:00 - 14:30

Concluding session

Dominique Ristori / Director-General, DG ENER, European Commission (video message)
Tudor Constantinescu / Principal Adviser, DG ENER, European Commission
Alexander Duleba / Director, Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association
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