Conference: Future of Gas in Europe

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18 June 2018
ZIELNA Center, Zielna 37, Warsaw, 6th floor, Europa Room

The Visegrad Insight and the Heinrich Böll Foundation invite to international public conference

to discuss with politicians and experts differentiated perspectives of Germany and Poland on

the future role of gas as a part of the national energy strategies, but also of the common

ambitious European energy and climate policy. Geopolitics, economy, but also technology and

ecology are the issues that are the most important in the Polish-German discussion about the

European energy solidarity and security. How do the questions concerning the role and use of

gas impact the relations between the European countries and the EU as a whole? In what way

can an understanding for different interests and a constructive dialogue about the current state

and future vision of the European energy security be developed?


9:00-9:30am Registration and coffee
9:30am-9:40am Welcome remarks:

Wojciech Przybylski, Visegrad Insight, Res Publica

Irene Hahn-Fuhr, Heinrich Böll Foundationin Warsaw


9:40am-11:10am Opening conversation:

Maciej Woźniak, Vice-President of the Management Board, PGNiG

Reinhard Bütikofer, Member of the European Parliament, Germany, Co-Chair of the European Green Party

11:10am-11:30am Coffee break

Panel Session 1

Energy Security and Solidarity – Gas Between Politics and Economy

Aleksandra Gawlikowska-Fyk, Head of the International Economic Relations and Energy Policy Programme, Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), Poland

Maciej Ciszewski, Team Leader, Security of Supply Unit, DG Energy, European Commission

Dr. Andrej Nosko, Visiting Assistant Professor, Matej Bel University, Banská Bystrica, Slovak Republic

Robert Sperfeld, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin

chair: Wojciech Przybylski, Visegrad Insight, Res Publica

1:00pm-2:00pm Lunch

Panel session 2

Gas as “Transition Fuel” towards a Future Based on Renewables? Ecology, Technology, Economics

Marcelo Masera, Head of Unit “Energy Security, Distribution and Markets”, Energy, Transport and Climate Directorate, European Commission

Marcin Stoczkiewicz, Senior Lawyer, Head of Central & Eastern Europe, ClientEarth Warsaw

Sebastian Scholz, Head of Energy and Climate Policy, Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union, Berlin

chair: Wojciech Jakóbik, Biznes Alert

3:30pm-4:00pm Closing remarks