The Russian Presence in the European Energy Market

Tuesday, 16 Feb 2016 15:00

About

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.

Programme

  • 15:15 – 15:30

    Opening statements

    Benedek Jávor Member of the European Parliament, Vice-Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

  • 15:30 - 15:45

    Presentation:
    Policy Solutions’ study on the Russian presence in the European energy market

    • Tamás Boros Co-director of Policy Solutions Political Research Institute
  • 15:45 - 16:45

    Expert panel:How does Russia influence the European energy market? What are the consequences of Russian companies’ presence in Central and Eastern Europe?

    Moderator: Benedek Jávor

    • András Deák Associate Fellow at the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs
    • Bronis Ropé Member of the European Parliament, Lithuania
    • Giedrius Česnakas Vice Dean of the Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy at Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania
  • 16:45 - 17:45

    Expert Debate: What is the European institutions’ attitude towards Russia in energy policy? Russia in the European energy market: pragmatic cooperation or political threat?

    Moderator: Rebecca Harms

    • Heidi Hautala Vice Chair of the Group of the Greens/EFA, Member of the European Parliament
    • Carl Hartzell Senior Advisor at Cabinet of President Donald Tusk, European Council
    • Mechthild Wörsdörfer Director for Energy Policy, DG Energy, European Commission
  • 17:45 - 18:10

    Q+A session

  • 18:10 - 18:30

    Closing remarks

    Rebecca Harms Co-President of the Greens / EFA group

The Greens/European Free Alliance