Thursday, 1st December 2016


Registration and networking


Welcome and opening

Dušan Chrenek, Head, Representation of the European Commission in Slovakia
  Alexander Duleba, Director, Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association

Key note speech

Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission for the Energy Union

Panel I. Energy Union: headway and challenges

The first high level policy panel will examine the state of affairs of the Energy Union almost two years after its launch in February 2015. Vice President of the European Commission for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič and representatives of the Trio Presidency governments (the Netherlands – Slovakia – Malta) and the Visegrad 4 will assess the progress of the Energy Union project from the perspective of the European Commission and member states. High level panelists 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?
  Pavol Demeš, Member of the Board of Directors, Slovak Foreign Policy Association
  Peter Žiga, Minister of Economy of Slovakia
  Jan Mládek, Minister of Trade and Industry of the Czech Republic
  Konrad Mizzi, Minister, Office of the Prime Minister of Malta
  Michał Kurtyka, Undersecretary of State, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Energy of Poland
  Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of the Regions

Coffee break


Key note speech

Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for R&I, European Commission

Panel II. Strategy for Research, Innovation and Competitiveness

The panel will discuss the Energy Union Strategy for Research, Innovation and Competitiveness entitled “Accelerating Clean-Energy Innovation”, to be presented by the European Commission during the Slovak Presidency. Leading experts from the European Commission and member states, including representatives from businesses and academia, will be invited to discuss the strategy as a key dimension of the Energy Union. The discussion will also focus on the achievements of the Integrated SET Plan since its adoption in 2015 and on the building blocks of the strategy at both EU and member state level. In addition to the main panel there will be follow up discussions on the key segments of the strategy in the parallel workshops that will take the form of dinner sessions.
  Patrick Child, Deputy Director General, Directorate General for Research & Innovation, European Commission
  Charlina Vitcheva, Deputy Director General, Joint Research Center, European Commission
  Marianne Haug, Member and former chair of the H2020 Advisory group on Energy
  Zuzana Nehajová, Advisor on Innovation and Smart Industry to the Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic
  John Loughhead, Chief Scientific Advisor, DECC, UK
  Hervé Bernard, Chair, European Energy Research Alliance – EERA
  Torbjørn Digernes, Chair of the EUA-EPUE: European Platform of Universities in Energy Research & Education



Poster session I

For details, please click here.


Panel III. World Energy Outlook 2016

The presentation of the International Energy Agency flagship WEO report is a traditional part of the CEEC conference. Rising dependency on energy imports, fierce competition for natural resources from emerging economies, a lack of electricity and gas interconnections, low investment and the need to fight climate change are undoubtedly energy challenges that Europe will have to face in the coming decades. A leading IEA representative will be invited to present the WEO 2016 report, focusing especially on the security of energy supply to the EU and in particular to the region of Central and South-Eastern Europe. Representatives from businesses and the expert EU member country community will be invited to share their perspectives on the long term development trends in world energy, looking at both the EU security of supply and EU competitiveness in the global economy.   
  Ingrid Brocková, Director General, Economic Cooperation Section, Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
Key note presentation
  Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency
  Tom Howes, Deputy Head, Economic Analysis and Financial Instruments Unit, DG ENER, European Commission
  Branislav Strýček, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, and Market and Regulatory Director, Slovenské elektrárne
  Vera Silva, Program Manager, Electricity Markets & Systems, EDF
  Marek Senkovič, Chief economic advisor to the CEO of SLOVNAFT, Member of the MOL Group
  Linda Doman, Senior International Energy Analyst, Energy Information Administration at the US Department of Energy

Coffee break


Parallel dinner sessions

  DS will take place in the DoubleTree by Hilton conference rooms: Ballroom, Waldorf I, Waldorf II, Paris, Conrad and Astoria.

DS are thematically focused workshops chaired by reputable experts. The aim of DS 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.

For more information, please click below:
 Waldorf I.
DS I. International competitiveness of European energy technologies
 Waldorf II.
DS II. Financial instruments and investment in R&I
DS III. Transport decarbonization
DS IV. Smart cities
DS V. Nuclear safety and energy security
DS VI. Electricity market design



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The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 730882.

Supported by a grant from Norway. Co-financed from the Slovak State Budget. Program SK08 – CBC – Slovakia – Ukraine: Cooperation across the Border.