12th SE Europe Energy Dialogue



 12th SE Europe Energy Dialogue Virtual

" In Search of a New Energy Direction”

Athens, December 9 - 10, 2020 

IENE’s long established event, the "SE Europe Energy Dialogue”, this year is to be held on December 9 - 10, 2020. The worsening Covid-19 pandemic has necessitated the convening of the event entirely in virtual format. This will be the 12th edition of the Energy Dialogue which was first launched in 2007 in Thessaloniki and has been held there on numerous occasions. Notwithstanding this year’s organizational difficulties, the "Energy Dialogue” is more timely than ever in view of the fast transition phase that European energy markets have entered with profound implications for the region’s energy landscape.

The purpose of this regional forum, which is being organized by IENE under the auspices of Greece’s Ministry of Environment and Energy, and with the support of leading international and regional organizations and major energy companies, is to bring together high-ranking government officials, senior business executives and energy experts from all countries of S.E. Europe and beyond. The objective being the exchange of information and ideas, networking and the furthering of co-operation for the tackling of the increased global and regional energy and environmental challenges.

The special theme for this year’s SEEED, "In Search of a New Energy Direction”, is indicative of the fast changing economic and energy environment and the need to seek new directions in all facets of the energy sector. Energy transition emerges as a topic of prime importance for energy policy in the region and beyond. Furthermore, the "SE Europe Energy Dialogue” virtual gathering next December is highly topical given EU’s major drive to decarbonize and promote its New Green Deal and at the same time aim for full electricity and gas market integration.

Europe's - and SE Europe in particular - high dependence on fossil fuels, the current volatile energy pricing environment, the global concern for the development of viable alternatives and the need to promote further carbon free solutions emerge as key policy issues. As usual the "Energy Dialogue” will also cover the latest developments in the region’s evolving natural gas, electricity and RES markets and the ongoing energy partnerships with major oil and gas suppliers. Furthermore, IENE’s background paper paper on"SE Europe’s Changing Energy Direction”, to be posted in advance, will help guide the Dialogue’s proceedings.

After eleven successful years the SEEED is now considered the seminal regional energy event that has managed to engage not only the region’s top policy-makers, financiers and entrepreneurs but also secure high-level participation from some of the world’s leading energy and banking institutions, including the International Energy Agency (IEA), the European Commission, the Energy Community Secretariat, IRENA, OSCE, SEECAO, JRC, the Energy Charter, the World Energy Council (WEC), the European Investment Bank (EIB), EBRD, the World Bank, NBG, Eurobank, Energy Fuel Europe, Eurelectric, Eurogas, EFET, EPIA and COGEN, CGES, OIES, AERS (Serbia) and RAE (Greece). The forum’s delegates and speakers over the past years have included senior executives from major international corporations including BP, Shell, Gazprom Export, Statoil, NIGEC (Iran), OMV, EDF, CDF Suez, ENEL, RWE, EON, Endesa, but also from national champions such as PPC, Serbgas, Plinacro, CEZ, Transgas, TEIAS, Turkeler, TDinamik, Transelectrica, KESH, Bulgarian Energy Holding, SEEPEX, Athens Energy Exchange, EPIAS, Edison, ESO EAD, DEPA, DESFA, Hellenic Petroleum, Energean, Mytilineos,  and many others.

The IENE by organising this year’s "SE Europe Energy Dialogue” in completely virtual format aspires to contribute once again to a high level discussion on the region’s key energy issues but also act as a facilitator for much needed co-operation between suppliers and consumers and thus promote the role of SE Europe as a vital East-West, North-South energy bridge.