11th SE Europe Energy Dialogue


11thSE Europe Energy Dialogue

"Energy Market Transition and Energy Security in SE Europe”

MET Hotel, Thessaloniki, June 26-27, 2018


IENE’s long established annual event, the "SE Europe Energy Dialogue”this year is to take place in Thessaloniki, at the MET Hotel, on June 26-27. This will be the 11thedition of the Energy Dialogue, which as usual is organised by IENE and was first launched in Thessaloniki in June 2007. This year’s Energy Dialogue comes at a time when several major developments are taking place at both global and regional level with profound implications for SEE’s energy security and its energy transition process..

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 is"Energy Market Transition and Energy Security in SE Europe”, signifying the state of flux that characterises SE European Energy Markets today and the emergence of energy security as a topic of prime importance for energy policy. Furthermore, the "SE Europe Energy Dialogue” gathering next June is highly topical given EU’s major drive to establish the "Energy Union” and the emphasis placed on energy security and  in view of persisting regional instability. Europe's, and SE Europe’s in particular, high dependence on hydrocarbon imports, 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 cover also the latest developments in the region’s evolving natural gas, electricity and RES markets and SEE's ongoing energy partnerships with Russia, the Caspian Sea, the East Mediterranean and North Africa. Furthermore, IENE’s major review paper on "SE Europe’s Energy Transition”, will be presented as it will provide useful background material.

In addition to the official representation from each one of the SE European countries and the participation of top management executives from most major energy companies of the region, senior executives from banks and financial institutions donor representatives as well as high ranking officials from major international organizations are expected to actively participate in this two day high powered regional meeting.

After ten 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, 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, TDynamik, Transelectrica, KESH, Bulgarian Energy Holding, SEEPEX, Athens Exachange, EPIAS, Edison, ESO EAD, DEPA, DESFA, Hellenic Petroleum, Energean Oil and Gas, Mytilineos Group, and many others.

The IENE by organising this year’s "SE Europe Energy Dialogue” in Thessaloniki 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.

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