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Programme 2012

Prague European Energy Forum 2012

Under the Auspices of H.E. Karel Schwarzenberg, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

Venue:            Grand Hall of the Czernin Palace, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the CR, Loretánské náměstí, Praha 1

Date:               2nd February 2012


9.00 – 9.30

Opening speech

Jiří Schneider, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

9.30 – 11.00

Panel Discussion 1:  Internal market from the EU and Czech Republic perspective

  • Costs and benefits of the integrated market
  • Target year 2014 – what is necessary to be done for achieving the internal market and what to do after then
  • What   influence could the potential changes of an energy production/consumption in Europe as well as worldwide have on the European and Czech energy policy? Is the EU ready to register these changes in time and to reflect them in its policies?
  • What are the respective roles of the security and economic dimensions of that process?


Michal Mejstřík, Professor, Institute of Economic Studies, Charles University in Prague, Director and Chairman of the Board, EEIP, a. s.


Milan Urban,MP, Chairman of the Committee on Economic Affairs, Chamber of Deputies, Parliament of the Czech Republic

František Pazdera, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic

Jan Pánek,Head of the Unit B III – Retail markets: Coal and Oil, DG Energy, European Commission

Martin Herrmann, Chairman of the Board of Directors, RWE Transgas,  a. s.

Ulrich Bang, Head of the International and EU Affairs, Danish Energy Association

Alan Svoboda,Director for Trade, ČEZ

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee break

11.30 – 13.00

Panel Discussion 2: New priorities for investments in the energy sector
  • Energy efficiency: goals and reality, how to exploit the potential for energy savings, what is an optimum pattern for regulation?
  • Decarbonisation of the energy and transport sectors, investments in the low-carbon or zero-carbon technologies (goals and reality)
  • Securing free movement of energy  – investments in the infrastructures and the managing of the grids
  • Energy investments from the financial sector perspective


Jan Procházka, Director, Cyrrus , a. s.,


Jiří Bis, Senator, ViceChair of the Subcommittee on Energetics of the Committee on National Economy, Agriculture and Transport, Senate, Parliament of the CR

Mirek Topolánek, President of theAssociation of the District Heating of the Czech Republic, formerPrime Minister of the Czech Republic (2006 – 2009)

Ivo Hlaváč, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environment of the Czech Republic

Vladimír Kubeček, Energy  Competence Centre, Česká spořitelna, a. s.

13.00 – 14.00

Buffet lunch

14.00 – 15.30

Panel Discussion 3: Future of Nuclear Energy
  • Approach to nuclear energy after Fukushima, stress tests of the EU nuclear facilities
  • Impact of Fukushima on nuclear programmes of the leading world economies
  • What will be the main drivers for operation and construction of the nuclear power stations
  • Nuclear energy in public opinion


Jiří Marek, Consultant, JMM CS spol. s r.o.


Dana Drábová, Chairperson, State Office for Nuclear Safety

Ute Blohm-Hieber, Directorate General for Energy, Head of the Unit D2 – Nuclear Energy, Transport, Decommissioning & Waste Management, European Commission

Jan Hartl, Director, STEM – Centre for Empiric Research

Rüdiger König, RWE Technology GmbH, Essen

Václav Dostál, Czech Technical University in Prague, Vice-president CENEN

15.30 – 16.00

End of conference, coffee etc.