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Programme 2016

9th Prague European Energy Forum 2016

Under the Auspices of H.E. Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Lubomír Zaorálek

Venue:                    Grand Hall of the Czernin Palace, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the CR, Loretánské náměstí 5/101, Prague 1

Date:                      21st April 2016


9.00 – 9.30

Opening speech

  • Ivo Šrámek, Deputy Minister, Europe Section, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

9.30 – 11.00

Session 1:
How can regional cooperation be improved in order to support the flexibility of the market and its ability to meet  customers‘ needs in CEE zone

  • How can national energy policies be better coordinated?
  • Which arrangements are needed to facilitate the integration of renewables?
  • What role should the distribution systems and demand side play?


Vaclav Trejbal


Pavel Telička, MEP, Vice-Chair of the ALDE, European Parliament

Kai Tullius, Policy officer at unit B3, DG Energy, European Commission

Frederik Wisselink, Cluster leader EU Energy policy, DG Energy, Telecom and Competition, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Netherlands

Ivo Hlaváč, Member of the Board, ČEZ, a. s.

Zbyněk Boldiš, Member of the Board, ČEPS, a. s.

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break

11.30 – 13.00

Session 2:
How should the Czech heating sector be transformed and what role should it play?

  • How can the EC heating&cooling strategy inspire the transformation of the heating sector?
  • What are the specificities and main challenges of the Czech heating sector vis-à-vis 2030 GHG emissions and renewables targets?
  • How can the heating sector contribute to the decrease of primary energy import dependency?


Petr Jonák


Lenka Kovačovská, Deputy Minister for Energy and Heating, Czech Republic

Robert Andrén, Director for Energy issues, Ministry for Energy and Environment, Sweden

Vladimír Budínský, Vice-President of EURACOAL

Josef Novák, CEO of Veolia Energie ČR, a.s.

Martin Hájek, Director of the Association for the District Heating of the Czech RepublicJan Habart, Chairman of the CZ Biom – Czech Biomass Association

13.00 – 14.00

Buffet lunch

14.00 – 16.00

Session 3:
Energy Union – one year after

  • What is needed right now for the European energy policy that would really attain the proper balance among its three pillars: affordability, sustainability and security of supply?
  • What are the European Commission´s intentions as regards protecting the energy consumers’ rights and needs and how does such protection correspond with other Energy Union objectives?
  • What are the latest developments as regards the deficit of security of supply, rise of CO2 emissions, lack of investment in the energy sector and the rise of energy bills?


Karel Kovanda


Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, European Commission

Jan Mládek, Minister for Industry and Trade, Czech Republic

Winfried Horstman, Head of Energy Policy Dept., Federal Chancellery, Germany

Business Panelists:

Daniel Beneš, Chairman of the Board and CEO, ČEZ, a. s.

Martin Herrmann, Chairman of the Board and CEO, RWE Czech Republic; Member of the Board of RWE International SE, COO

Paul Kaye, President of Rolls-Royce International for Central and Eastern Europe (invited)

16.00 – 16.30         End of conference and coffee ect.