Review: 1st Symposium - The impact of changing energy patterns on EU competitiveness

von Dr. Peter Nagel

● By Claudia Hering ●


2014 will be a critical year for both the EU and its energy policy. Therefore, Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations and the Development Group are going to hold a series of three “EU Energy Symposiums” followed by a “High Level Energy Conference” in Brussels. The four events will address key issues that are currently at the core of the future European energy governance.


Keops Photographs / Frédéric Remouchamps

The 1st Symposium took place on 30 April 2014. In light of the recent Commission’s proposal on the 2030 climate and energy framework, its Communication on energy prices and costs in Europe, as well as its Communication for a European Industrial Renaissance, and with regards to the conclusions of the March European Council, around 80 participants from the European Energy Community and beyond discussed “The impact of changing energy patterns on EU competitiveness.”


The European energy policy in a global context


The Symposium was opened up by Dominique Ristori, director-general at the European Commission’s DG Energy. He shortly outlined the next steps not only towards an agreed 2030 climate and energy framework but also towards the climate conference in Paris 2015. Then he pointed out EU’s key priorities, which integrate competitiveness, security of supply and sustainability aspects.


f.l.t.r.: Inge Bernaerts, Giovanni Brianza, Dominique Ristori,

Clémentine d'Oultrement, Baudouin Kelekom

Keops Photographs / Frédéric Remouchamps

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Giovanni Brianza (Edison S.p.A) opened the 1st session explaining that the EU energy market and the utilities are facing major challenges but there are opportunities to overcome this situation both in the gas and power markets ...

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