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Conference Programme

  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
Miroslav Lajčák / Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office
Peter Žiga / Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic
Maroš Šefčovič / Vice-President of the European Commission
9:30 - 10:45

Panel I. Energy dimension of European security: the OSCE’s role

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 has been an important part of the OSCE’s concept of comprehensive security since the Helsinki Final Act. What is the OSCE’s role in energy security, in supporting more sustainable and cleaner energy sources and in protecting critical energy infrastructure? What are the OSCE’s commitments and projects in this area and how is energy cooperation reflected in the Slovak OSCE Chairmanship priorities?

The panel is held under the auspices of Slovakia’s 2019 OSCE Chairmanship.

Radomír Boháč / Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Slovak Republic to the OSCE and Chairperson of the OSCE Permanent Council
Lukáš Parízek / State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for the Slovak OSCE Chairmanship 2019
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
10:45 - 11:00
11:00 - 12:15

Panel II. The Energy Union: five years on

The panel will examine the state of affairs of the Energy Union launched in February 2015 by the European Commission under the leadership of Jean-Claude Juncker. What are the main achievements of the project five years on? What are the main challenges that should be addressed by the New Commission in advancing project implementation?
Maciej Jakubik / Executive Director, Central European Energy Partners
Paula Pinho / Head of Unit, Energy Policy Coordination, DG ENER, European Commission
Gabriela Fischerová / Director General, Climate Change and Air Protection, Ministry of Environment
Miroslav Kiraľvarga / Vice President, External Affairs, Administration and Business Development, U. S. Steel Košice, s.r.o.
Thomas Jan Hejcman / CEO and Member of the Board of Directors, VSE Holding
Matúš Mišík / Associate Research Fellow, Slovak Foreign Policy Association
12:15 - 13:15
13:15 - 14:15

Panel III. Presentation of the World Energy Outlook 2019

It is a long-running tradition for the International Energy Agency flagship WEO Report to be presented at the CEEC conference. The special focus of this year’s report is on developments in the energy sector of the EU and Central and South-Eastern Europe.
Ingrid Brocková / Ambassador, and Head of the Permanent Delegation of the Slovak Republic to the OECD
Tim Gould / Head, IEA Energy Supply Outlook Division, and Co-Director of World Energy Outlook
14:15 - 14:30
14:30 - 15:45

Panel IV. Towards cleaner mobility

The panel discussion will assess the prospects for the use of alternative fuels in the transport sector, such as electricity, hydrogen, and CNG/LNG, focusing specifically on Central Europe.
Vladimír Šucha / Former Director General, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
Martin Kumpan / Executive Director, Slovenské elektrárne – energetické služby
Marián Boček / Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, InoBat
Marcin Szczudło / Vice President, PGNiG Obrót Detaliczny
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 Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union and Climate Action from 24 December 2018, EU countries are required to develop integrated national energy and climate plans (NECPs) covering five dimensions of the Energy Union from 2021 to 2030 (and every subsequent decade) and submit their final plans by the end of 2019.
Paula Pinho / Head of Unit, Energy Policy Coordination, DG ENER, European Commission
Miroslav Jarábek / Director, Energy and Raw Materials Policy Department, Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic
Waldemar Łagoda / Deputy Director, Electricity and Heat Department, Ministry of Energy of Poland
Ottó Toldi / Energy & Climate Policy Analyst, Ministry of Innovation and Technology of Hungary
Tomáš Jungwirth / Head, Climate Team, AMO Research Centre, Prague
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.
Maria Theresia

ES I. Renewable energy developments in the CEE region: The key to successful renewable electricity auctions based on recent European auctions

The ES is held under the auspices of the Visegrad Energy Think Tanks Platform led by REKK, Budapest
Ágnes Törőcsik / Research Associate, Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (REKK)
Adéla Denková / Research Fellow, Association for International Affairs (AMO)
Alfa Diallo / Senior Analyst, Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (REKK)
Juraj Novák / Energy and Raw Materials Policy Department, Ministry of Economy

ES II. Energy efficiency in Central and Eastern Europe: narratives and financing

The ES is held under the auspices of Energy Cities as part of Energy Efficiency Watch
Kristina Dely / Energy Cities
Roman Chovanec / Head of Energy Office, Bratislava, SK
Matúš Škvarka / Expert in Energy Efficiency, CITENERGO network, SK
Jaroslav Klusák / Energy manager, Litoměřice, CZ
Zsuzsanna Koritar / Director, Hungarian Energy Efficiency Institute (MEHI)
Zsofia Hamza / Tamas Csoknyai / Budapest, XII. district, HU
Andreas Piontek / Energy Expert, Energy Efficiency Division/ELENA, European Investment Bank
Alexander Hadzhiivanov / Associate Director, Green Building Investments, EBRD
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. EU production is in decline at a time when Europe will probably be needing more gas. The Netherlands will reduce production and in the foreseeable future it will become an import country. While Germany, and other European countries that are phasing out their nuclear capacities, plan to increase their gas imports. LNG is a lower-carbon fuel that could play a bigger role in the transport sector. However, the transit contract between Russia and Ukraine expires at the end of 2019. What does all this mean for the future role of natural gas in European energy, including security of supply?
Ján Klepáč / Advisor to the Presidium, Slovak Gas and Oil Association
Rastislav Ňukovič / Director General, eustream
Hans Rasmusson / Secretary General, European Research Institute for Gas and Energy Innovation – ERIG a.i.s.b.l.
Sławomir Sieradzki / Director, Gas Market Development Division, GAZ-SYSTEM S.A.
Michal Kocůrek / Analyst, EGÚ Brno, a.s.
10:15 - 10:45
10:45 - 12:00

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

The panel will discuss implementation of EU climate policy in the context of “A Clean Planet for all”, the EU’s recently adopted strategic vision. Special attention will be paid to the policies and achievements of Central European EU member states.
Pavol Szalai / Editor, Energy & Environment, EURACTIV Slovakia
Thomas Waitz / Co-Chair of the European Green Party, Member of the Austrian Green Party
Norbert Kurilla / State Secretary, Ministry of Environment of SR
Elena Višnar Malinovská / Head of Unit, Adaptation to Climate Change, DG CLIMA, European Commission
Richard Kvasňovský / Executive Director, Slovak Gas and Oil Association
12:00 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:15

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

Eurostat data from the beginning of 2019 indicates that 11 EU member states have already met their 2020 targets for share of renewable energy. However, 17 member states are behind schedule, including Slovakia. What are the reasons for this and what should be done to ensure the EU 2020 renewable energy targets are met?
Ladislav Miko / Head, Representation of the European Commission in the Slovak Republic
Lívia Vašáková / Head of Economic Analyses Section, Representation of the European Commission in SR
Martin Hájek / Director, Association for District Heating of the Czech Republic; Member of the Board, Euroheat & Power
Ján Karaba / Slovak climate initiative; Slovak association of photovoltaic industry and RES
14:15 - 14:30
14:30 - 15:45

Panel IX. Smart energy and efficiency

The panel will discuss the energy aspects of smart homes, the creation of smart technologies and services and the role of city/regional/country administrations in supporting relevant developments, as this could improve energy system resilience and security as well as help adaptation to climate change.
Artur Bobovnický / Director, Analyses, Programmes 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
Jaroslav Klusák / Energy Manager, Litoměřice, CZ
Katarína Korytárová / Research Fellow, Slovak Academy of Sciences
15:45 - 16:00

Concluding session

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