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Conference Program

  1. Day 1 / 18 November
  2. Day 2 / 19 November
8:55 - 9:30

Opening remarks

Alexander Duleba / CEEC Director, Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association
Peter Žiga / Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic
Miroslav Lajčák / OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic
Maroš Šefčovič / Vice-President of the European Commission
9:30 - 10:40

Panel I. Energy dimension of European security: a role for OSCE

Energy security is a precondition for economic growth and stability. Without predictable, reliable and economically sound energy supplies, regional economies cannot prosper. This is why energy security forms an important part of the OSCE’s concept of comprehensive security since the Helsinki Final Act. What is the OSCE role in the area of energy security, support of more sustainable and cleaner energy sources and protection of critical energy infrastructure? What are the OSCE commitments and projects in this area and how is energy cooperation reflected in the Slovak OSCE priorities? The panel will be held under auspices of the Slovakia’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2019.
Radomír Boháč / Ambassador, Permanent Representative of SR to the OSCE and Chairperson of the OSCE Permanent Council
Lukáš Parízek / Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for the Slovak OSCE Chairmanship
Kairat Sarybay / Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the OSCE and Chairperson of the OSCE Economic and Environmental Committee
Vuk Žugić / Ambassador, Coordinator of the OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities
Juraj Siváček / Ambassador-at-Large for Energy Security, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic
Ľubomír Tomík / CESys, s.r.o., Slovak Republic
10:40 - 11:00
11:00 - 12:15

Panel II. The Energy Union: five years after

The panel will examine the state of affairs of the Energy Union launched in February 2015 by the European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker. What are the main achievements of the project five years after? What are the main challenges that should be addressed by the New Commission in advancing further implementation of the project?
Maciej Jakubik / Executive Director, Central European Energy Partners
Gabriela Fischerová / Director General, Climate Change and Air Protection, Ministry of Environment of SR
12:15 - 13:15
13:15 - 14:15

Panel III. Presentation of the World Energy Outlook 2019

The presentation of the International Energy Agency flagship WEO report is a traditional part of the CEEC conference. It will pay a special focus on the developments in the energy sector of the EU and, in particular, the region of Central and South-Eastern Europe.
Ingrid Brocková / Ambassador, and Head of the Permanent Delegation of SR to OECD
Tim Gould / Head, IEA Energy Supply Outlook Division, and a Co-Leader on the World Energy Outlook
14:15 - 14:40
14:30 - 15:45

Panel IV. Towards a cleaner mobility

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.
Vladimír Šucha / Director General, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
Ivan Hodáč / Founder and President, ASPEN Institute Central Europe
Marián Boček / Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, InoBat
Thierry Priem / Member of the Board, Hydrogen Europe
15:45 - 16:15
16:15 - 17:30

Panel V. National energy and climate plans

According to the governance of the Energy union and climate action rules, which entered into force on 24 December 2018, EU countries are required to develop integrated national energy and climate plans (NECPs) that cover five dimensions of the Energy Union for the period 2021 to 2030 (and every subsequent ten year period) and submit the final plans by the end of 2019.
Paula Pinho / Head of Unit, Energy Policy Coordination, DG ENER, European Commission
/ tbc
17:30 - 18:15
18:15 - 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 II. Energy efficiency in Central and Eastern Europe: narratives and financing

The ES is held under the auspices of Energy Cities in the framework of the Energy Efficiency Watch project
Kristina Dely / Energy Cities
Matúš Škvarka / Energy manager, Trnava, CITENERGO network, SK
Jaroslav Klusák / Energy manager, Litoměřice, CZ
Zsuzsanna Koritar / Director, Hungarian Energy Efficiency Institute (MEHI)
Andreas Piontek / Energy Expert, Energy Efficiency Division/ELENA, European Investment Bank

ES III. Big data, artificial intelligence and the energy Sector

The ES will be held under auspices of the Global Arena Research Institute, Prague
9:00 - 10:15

Panel VI. New dynamics in the natural gas sector in Europe

The panel will discuss new developments in the natural gas sector in Europe. The EU production is declining; however, it looks like Europe will need more gas. The Netherlands will reduce the production and in the foreseeable future it will become an import country. Germany and other European countries that are phasing out their nuclear capacities plan to increase their gas imports. LNG as a lower-carbon fuel might play an increased role in the transport sector. On the other hand, there are questions related to the fact that the transit contract between Russia and Ukraine will expire by the end of 2019. What all that means for a role of natural gas in European energy in the years to come, including security of its supply?
Ján Klepáč / Executive Director, Slovak Gas and Oil Association
James Henderson / Director, Natural Gas Research Programme, The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
10:15 - 10:45
10:45 - 12:00

Panel VII. A Clean Planet: how to achieve a competitive, prosperous and climate neutral economy?

The panel will discuss implementation of the EU climate policy in the context of recently adopted “A Clean Planet for all”, a strategic vision of the EU, paying special attention to respective policies and achievements of the member states from the region of Central Europe.
Pavol Szalai / Editor, Energy & Environment, EURACTIV Slovakia
Norbert Kurilla / State Secretary, Ministry of Environment of SR
Richard Kvasňovský / Executive Director, Slovak Gas and Oil Association
Elena Višnar Malinovská / Head of Unit, Adaptation to Climate Change, DG CLIMA, European Commission
12:00 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:15

Panel VIII. Renewable energy in the EU: are the 2020 targets at risk?

Following the data released by Eurostat at the beginning of 2019, 11 EU Member States already met their 2020 targets when it comes to share of renewable energy in their energy needs. However, there are 17 Member States that are behind the schedule, including Slovakia. What are reasons beyond and what should be done in order to meet the EU 2020 renewable energy targets?
Ladislav Miko / Head, Representation of the European Commission in SR
Michaela Holl / Policy Officer, Renewables and CCS Policies, DG ENER, European Commission
Martin Hájek / Director, Association for District Heating of the Czech Republic; Member of the Board, Euroheat & Power
Ivan Komusanac / Analyst, Markets & Wind Energy Technology, WindEurope
14:15 - 14:30
14:30 - 15:45

Panel IX. Smart energy and efficiency

The panel will discuss energy aspects of smart home, creation of smart technologies and services and the role of city/region/country administration in supporting development in this field due to the fact that it could increase resilience and security of energy systems as well as adaptation to the climate change.
Artur Bobovnický / Director, Analyses, Programs and International Cooperation, Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency
Elena Višnar Malinovská / Head of Unit, Adaptation to Climate Change, DG CLIMA, European Commission
Kristina Dely / Energy Cities, Head of the Covenant of Mayors Office
15:45 - 16:00

Concluding session

Alexander Duleba / CEEC Director, Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association
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