CEEP Policy paper: Russia’s war against Ukraine and energy crisis impact on Central and South-Eastern Europe

CEEP Policy paper: Russia’s war against Ukraine and energy crisis impact on Central and South-Eastern Europe

Since the Russian aggression against Ukraine began on 24 February this year, and due to Russia using energy as an instrument of war, the EU, including the CEE countries, is de facto in a state of economic warfare with Russia, and energy is one of its key areas. Russia’s aggression against Ukraine is also one of the major factors causing probably the most serious energy crisis in Europe since the Second World War, which will also substantially a‑ect the Central and South-East European economies. As both the war and the crisis are still ongoing, it is dicult to predict their exact depth and to map all the consequences for both the countries of the region and the EU as a whole. At the same time, it is already apparent that they are leading to profound changes in the raw materials and energy markets, provoking changes in the energy balances of individual countries, and finally transforming trade and infrastructure links. The upcoming winter, and also the next one, will be a serious challenge and stress test for each of the CEE and SEE countries. Despite the measures taken by all countries to prepare for and minimise the negative e‑ects of the crisis, they are vulnerable to further deterioration in the availability of natural resources, increases in energy prices, and other market disruptions. These vulnerabilities can be seen, for example, in the performance of regional economies, but also in the emergence of social protests and changes in the political scene. Consequently, EU support and action should strive to ensure solidarity and assistance to counteract the most serious e‑ects of the crisis [...]
7th Central European Day of Energy (CEDE)

7th Central European Day of Energy (CEDE)

We would like to invite you for the 7th Central European Day of Energy (CEDE) devoted to the topic of energy crisis and Russian aggression against Ukraine. This year CEDE will take place on December 8th in a hybrid form with the online audience. The  event will be live-streamed on the CEEP’s website and on our YouTube channel. Russia's ongoing aggression against Ukraine and the ensuing economic war between the West and Russia are contributing to a growing multi-level energy crisis in the EU, including in Central European countries (CEE). Both the record-breaking prices of energy resources and of electricity as well as the availability of supplies remain an important challenge. In connection with sanctions imposed on Russia, and Russian counter sanctions, but also due to the international consequences of the Russian war, situation on the oil market is also challenging. Finally, the Russian strikes on the energy infrastructure in Ukraine, but also the recent damages to the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines, also show that the security of critical energy infrastructure in Europe is becoming an increasingly serious challenge. Energy has clearly become weaponised and a tool in Russian war. To deal with this multi-level crisis, the EU must strive as never before to act in coordination and stay united. Since the outbreak of war at the end of February, we have seen a series of measures undertaken to increase the resilience of European countries, reduce their dependence on Russian supplies and finally prepare them for the difficult winter season 2022/23. The EU, in the framework of the REPowerEU plan, has introduced gas storage obligation (, energy and gas saving [...]
CEEP Policy Paper: Central Europe on the brink between dependency and diversification

CEEP Policy Paper: Central Europe on the brink between dependency and diversification

One of the greatest challenges in the present geopolitical situation in Europe is ensuring energy security for the basic functioning of society and to maintain the operation of local businesses. Many years of dependence on natural resources from Russia contributed greatly in raising fears and concerns at the beginning of the year on the eve of a Russian invasion on Ukraine. The gradual breaking with supply directions and the need to diversify new sources of supply is an important challenge, especially for Central Europe, where until now these countries have been the main importers and key transport paths leading from Russia to Western Europe. However, some Central European countries, having acknowledged their dependence on natural gas and crude oil imports, decided some years ago to start investing in diversification ahead of the current situation. These steps, have helped to partially mitigate the post-February 2022 shock, and also present a solid ground for further development. There is no doubt that the escalation of sanctions against Russia and the overall unstable situation in the energy markets provoke a reflection on future of the energy sector. How long it will take to completely diversify and how much it will cost, while keeping system security and the lights and heats on, remain a key question in the Central European energy sector. In this paper, we present a snapshot of the energy sector in Central Europe and focus mainly on trends and developments related to the diversification of energy resources and its impact on the energy security of Central European countries. Through a set of data and figures, we would like to show how [...]
Central European Energy Conference 2022

Central European Energy Conference 2022

The purpose of the annual CEEC conference is to discuss and assess topical issues relating to energy and climate policy in Central Europe in an EU policy development context. The CEEC conference has two ambitions: first, to bring together leading stakeholders from Central Europe’s energy sector, and second, to help find better energy and climate policy solutions for the EU and for Central Europe. The first annual CEEC conference was held in November 2007. The 10th and 11th CEEC conferences were held in tandem with the SET Plan conference as part of the official programme of the Slovak and Estonian Presidencies of the Council of the EU, in the second half of 2016 and 2017. The 12th conference in 2018 was held in conjunction with the V4 energy ministers summit during Slovakia’s V4 Presidency. The 13th conference formed part of the official programme of the 2019 Slovak OSCE Presidency. During the 14th and 15th conferences that were held during the unprecedented economic crisis triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic ministers discussed the priorities of the Recovery Plans in V4. For information about past annual conferences, please visit the CEEC website: www.ceec.sk The aim of the 16th CEEC conference is to discuss the issue of energy security in the light of the need to get rid of dependence on energy supplies from Russia and search for alternatives in other countries, as well as speeding up deployment of domestic sources. Russian invasion into Ukraine has shown the problem of high energy dependence on Russia and exposed the vulnerability of Central European region. The conference will discuss the measures that could be done to decrease [...]
Large Scale Solar Central and Eastern Europe Summit

Large Scale Solar Central and Eastern Europe Summit

With the 2nd Annual Large Scale Solar Central and Eastern Europe Summit right around the corner, 8-9 November, in Warsaw Poland, we are excited to join 300 renewable energy experts looking into the transitioning to a new era for renewables in Central & Eastern Europe. The 2-day summit we will discuss: Energy Storage Recent regulations promising to reduce reliance on coal and increase solar deployment Investment and lending into the space Active M&A transactions And much more – View the Full Agenda and Speakers Here. As the Central and Eastern Europe Partnership are an official partner to the event, we can offer you 20% off the current price. Just use code CEEP20 when registering. Join us today and network with leading solar experts in Europe: [...]
EuroPOWER & OZE (RES) POWER Energy Conference

EuroPOWER & OZE (RES) POWER Energy Conference

The EuroPOWER & OZE (RES) POWER Energy Conference from its inception aims to talk about the most current challenges and problems regarding the energy sector in Poland and in the CEE region. Every six months, all key representatives of the industry gather to discuss the most important aspects of the operation and development of the energy industry. The event organized by MMC Polska is the most important energy conference in the country. Our mission is to create an effective platform for dialogue, which is a place for public consultations between government representatives and all industry representatives. When creating the program of the event, we take into account the current economic and political situation to talk about the most current challenges facing the entire sector. These challenges include: development of large-scale photovoltaic farms, wind energy, modern and efficient heating, distributed energy, digitization and all modern technologies for the sector. The EU climate policy until 2030 will significantly accelerate the process of transforming conventional generation capacities, and thanks to the Just Transition Fund, it will lead us onto completely new paths in the development of renewable energy in the energy mix, supporting the goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by the end of the current decade. The thematic scope of the Conference is jointly created by the EuroPower and OZE Power Program Councils. It is composed of presidents and board members of key market entities, representatives of the central administration, a regulator, representatives of the world of science and industry associations, who jointly shape the future of the energy sector and the Polish economy. Date: 7/11/2022 Location: Warsaw Organizer: [...]