CHALLENGES TO EU ENERGY INDEPENDENCE: LOOMING CRISIS IN GAS SECTOR?

International Conference

September 26 Friday

Date/time

September 26, 2008, 9.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.

Loc.

Hotel Artis Centrum, Liejyklos Str. 11/23, Vilnius, Lithuania

Type

Congress

The KAF and the Institute of Democratic Politics arrange an Intrnational Conference on Energy issues in the Middle and Eastern Europe. The aim of the conference is to discuss Energy problems and find out how they can be possibly solved.

Also available in Deutsch

PROGRAMME

09:30 REGISTRATION OF THE PARTICIPANTS

10:00 WELCOME ADDRESS


Prof. Vytautas Landsbergis, MEP
Mr. Andreas Michael Klein, Director of Konrad Adenauer Foundation for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
Dr. Mantas Adomėnas President, of the Institute of Democratic Politics


10:30 I SESSION: FUTURE SCENARIOS IN GAS MARKETS. EU GAS MARKET LIBERALIZATION
Principal players and future projections: Russia, Central Asia, Turkey. In search of solidarity: consolidated EU external energy policy.

Keynote speaker:


Mr. Andrius Kubilius, Chairman of the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats, Vice-chairman of the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania


Speakers:


Russian Gas and EU energy security
Dr. Alan Riley, City University professor, London
Principal players and future projections in Central Asia, Turkey
Mr. Vladimir Socor, Senior Fellow of the Jamestown Foundation, Washington D.C.
What is the future of Lithuanian energy sector?
Mr. Valdemaras Katkus, Financial analyst, Vilnius
Need for common EU energy policy: a view from Estonia
Mr. Einari Kisel, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia


Moderation:


Dr. Stacy Renee Closson, TAPIR fellow, German Institute for International and Security Afairs, Berlin


Discussion


12:00 Coffee


12:30 II SESSION: SOLVING REGIONAL PROBLEMS: MIDDLEMEN AND ENERGY ISOLATION
The role of intermediaries in the chain of gas-provision. Legislative and arbitration-based solutions. Is there a way out of energy isolation of the Baltic states? Development of new infrastructures in the Baltic sea. Liquefied gas capacity as a solution?


Keynote speaker:


Mr. Karl Georg Wellmann, MP, German Bundestag


Speakers:


Dr. Marat Terterov, Senior Adviser, European Energy Charter
Prof. Vidmantas Jankauskas, Professor, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Department of Finance Engineering
Mr. Pawel Zalewski, MP, former Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Poland
Prof. György Schöpflin, MEP, Committee on Foreign Affairs


Moderation:


Mr. Andreas Michael Klein, Director, Konrad Adenauer Foundation for the Baltic States


Discussion


14:00 Lunch


15:00 III SESSION: ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Is there a way out of the climate trap? How efficient are new technologies in the energy consuming sectors?


Keynote speaker:


Dr. Jürgen Kropp, Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (tbc)


Speakers:


Mr. Christian Kremer, Deputy General Secretary of the EPP, Brussels
Mr. Ivo Lemšs, Energy Efficiency division, Energy Department, Construction, energy and housing state agency of Latvia, Riga
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Stasys Paulauskas, Director, Strategic Self-management Institute; President, Lithuanian Wind Energy Association
Mrs. Kirsten Neumann,Project Director, German Energy Agency (DENA), Berlin


Moderation:
Dr. Nino Galetti, Expert, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Berlin


Discussion


16:30 CONCLUSIONS

Contact person

Andreas Michael Klein

Head of the KAS office Chile

Andreas Michael Klein
Phone +56 22 234 20 89
Languages: Deutsch,‎ English,‎ Français,‎ Español

Partners

The Institute of Democratic Politics (Lithuania)