SET Plan – Central European Energy Conference X will be held during Slovakia’s EU Council Presidency and will create a prestigious international platform for open discussion on the most important issues regarding current EU energy policy and research and innovation policy between stakeholders. The conference will examine the process of creating the European Energy Union, looking specifically at the research and innovation strategy which is key to producing a breakthrough in transforming the EU energy sector. The aims are to improve the visibility of the Energy Union, identify policy options and priorities and plan future actions. At the end of the conference, draft recommendations will be approved which can be used as tools to implement policy for the SET Plan and Energy Union.
HISTORY OF SET PLAN and CEEC
The first SET Plan conference was held at the Carrousel du Louvre on 28 October 2008 in Paris. It was organized by the IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), two French public research sector bodies, in collaboration with the European Commission. Speakers presented the ambitions of the SET Plan and the challenges to accelerate Research and Innovation in Europe. The conference contained three thematic sessions on Research perspectives, Industry expectations, and Implementation of the SET-Plan. Over the last eight years, the SET Plan has promoted and fostered the exchange of information and knowledge between key decision-makers, industry and research actors and has had a structuring effect in EU and national programmes, orienting investments around selected technologies.
The motivation for organizing the first CEEC conference was the 2006 natural gas crisis. The conference’s nine-year history reflects the major paradigm shift that occurred following the 2006 and 2009 gas crises that has changed the way energy security is viewed in the Visegrad countries and other EU member states. Experience indicates that there is limited space for purely “national” solutions in the energy sector. Good and sustainable solutions are primarily grounded in and depend on regional cooperation among neighbors and on developing shared rules and policies that can be agreed within the EU framework.
The 9th SET Plan conference will run in conjunction with 10th annual Central European Energy Conference (CEEC X). The conference program covers all the key energy sector areas which are of immediate importance and the subject of current debates and decision-making. All participants will benefit from the rich and interesting program featuring distinguished speakers.
SET Plan 2016 – Central European Energy Conference X will feature 8 main panels on the priorities of the Energy Union and SET Plan and 6 parallel thematic dinner sessions on related subjects attended by policy-makers and figures from business, science and innovation, civil society and regional and local government. The conference will also include 3 side events held on the day before the main program.