European Energy Union: Why Do We Need it and How Can We Make it Work? - Verbindungsbüro Litauen
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27 JANUARY (WEDNESDAY)
14:00-14:30 Welcome speeches
Raimundas Karoblis, Vice Minister of the Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania
Prof. Juozas Augutis, Rector of the Vytautas Magnus University, Head of the Energy Security Research Centre at Vytautas Magnus University
Elisabeth Bauer, Head of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung for the Baltic States and Scandinavia
14:30-15:00 Keynote address: Together Stronger in Energy Security
Rokas Masiulis, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Lithuania
15:00-16:30 First Panel Discussion - Why Europe Needs Energy Union?
Dr. Giedrius Česnakas – Vice-Dean at the Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy, Vytautas Magnus University
Mehmet Kinaci, Strategic Analyst at the NATO HQ Supreme Allied Command Transformation, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, Strategic Analysis Branch – Energy Union – Challenges and Opportunities
Dr. Filip Černoch, Head of the Centre for Energy Studies, Department of International Relations and European Studies, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University – Internal Energy Market and Energy Union: More Market, Less Geopolitics!
Kęstutis Kudzmanas, Ambassador at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania – EU Energy Union from Baltic Perspective
Anton Antonenko, Vice President at the Ukrainian think-tank DiXi Group – Why Energy Union Will Benefit from Ukraine's Membership?
16:30-17:00 Coffee break
17:00-18:30 Second Panel Discussion - How to Make European Energy Union Work?
Prof. Arūnas Molis, Lecturer at the Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy, Vytautas Magnus University
Juris Ozolins, Independent Energy Expert from Latvia, former Special Advisor to European Commission in Energy – Efficient Energy Union: Challenges to Overcome
Andrius Šimkus, Gas Expert at the Energy Community Secretariat – Energy Union in the Context of the EU‘s Foreign Policy
Prof. Alan Riley, Professor of law at the City University London – Nordstream 2: An Obstacle to Energy Union & a Threat to the EU's Energy Security
28 JANUARY (THURSDAY)
9:00-10:30 Third Panel Discussion - Energy Islands No More: the Process of Integration of Baltic and Central European States into European Energy Market
Justinas Juozaitis, Junior Researcher at the Energy Security Research Centre of Vytautas Magnus University
Romas Švedas, Lecturer at the Vilnius University, Institute of International Relations and Political Science, former Vice–Minister of Energy of the Republic of Lithuania – Energy Security and the Baltic Sea Region: Regional Coordination and Management of Interdependence
Dr. Anke Schmidt Felzmann, Researcher in the Europe Programme at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs – A Northern Perspective on New Energy Infrastructure and Security
Prof. Arūnas Molis, Lecturer at the Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy, Vytautas Magnus University – Needs and Perspectives of the Regional Gas Market
Martin Jirušek, Researcher at the Department of International Relations and European Studies, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University – Assessment of Political Risks in Natural gas and nuclear sectors
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:30 Fourth Panel Discussion - Impact of Global Processes on Energy Security of the European Union: Technological and Geopolitical Implications
Linas Kojala, Researcher at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Office in Lithuania and Researcher at the Eastern European Studies Centre.
Zuzanna Nowak, Analyst of the Energy Project at the Polish Institute of International Affairs – The EU Gas Game: Time to Redefine the Rules?
Dr. Andrey Belyy, University of Eastern Finland, Centre for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Law – Gas Geopolitics in the Context of Low Oil Price
Dr. Tomáš Vlček, Assistant Professor at Energy Security Studies Program, Department of International Relations and European Studies, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University – Security of Nuclear Fuel Fabrication for the Operating VVER Reactor Design Technology in the European Union
Partner organisations: Vytautas Magnus University, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, The Ministry of Energy of Lithuania