The objective of the Greens/EFA and Policy Solutions’ joint conference is toinvestigate and debate Russian energy investments in the EU and their overallimpact.
As significant portion of Russian FDI are connected to Russian energy exports, theEuropean institutions and Member States face several dilemmas. First, the crucialrole of Russian energy for the European economy and the key role of Russia inEuropean energy supply creates a dependence that can automatically undermine anysanctions regime against Russia and leaves Europe vulnerable. Second, the large andgrowing role of the Russian state in Russian energy production and exports, andhence the massive direct influence it wields over an industry that is so vital for theeconomic operations of the EU. Third, the fact that Russian energy policy, exportsand FDI are near exclusively directed at either fossil fuels, which make up a vastmajority, or nuclear energy, while renewables play no role. Hence growing Russianinvestments imply more fossil fuel distribution or increased nuclear energyproduction, neither of which meshes with the long term objectives of Europeanenergy production and the energy mix the EU wishes to attain.
The Conference on the Russian Presence in the European Energy Market starts withan opening address by MEP Benedek Jávor, followed by the presentation of a relatedstudy by Policy Solutions. The conference will feature two 1-hour panels. The firstpanel involves policy experts with knowledge of the role of Russian-EU ties in thearea of energy. The second panel includes prominent representatives of different EUinstitutions bringing different perspectives to the debate. The conference will beclosed by Rebecca Harms, Co-President of the Greens/EFA group.
The conference is open for all interested experts, journalists and politicians.
Benedek Jávor Member of the European Parliament, Vice-Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
Rebecca Harms Co-President of the Greens / EFA group