Pathways of energy transition in Central Europe

About CEDE

The Central European Day of Energy (CEDE) is an annual event organised by Central Europe Energy Partners (CEEP) in cooperation with the European Commission DG Energy. CEDE aims to consolidate a regional energy platform that reflects the on the development of the European energy policy. Its purpose is to highlight the accomplishments of regional stakeholders as well as the challenges they face. It is crucial to discuss how Central European countries are modernising their energy sectors in order to contribute to the EU energy and climate targets and comply with the Paris Agreement, as set out in the draft National Energy and Climate Plans.

The fourth edition of CEDE entitled “Pathways of energy transition in Central Europe” will focus on the different strategies pursued by several Central European Member States. In this regard, CEDE’s role is to elaborate on different national perspectives and examine how strategies are translated into particular business activities of companies. During the event a policy paper on the dynamics of energy transition in Central Europe will be presented.

Previous CEDE editions





8.30-9.30 Registration and coffee

9.30-9.50 Welcome remarks

  • Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, Deputy Director General, DG Energy (confirmed)
  • Leszek Jesień, Chairman of the Board of Directors of CEEP (confirmed)

9.50-10.10 Keynote speeches  

  • Tomasz Dąbrowski, Deputy Minister of Energy of Poland (confirmed)
  • Kristina Čelić, Ph.D., Head of the Sector for Energy Market and Infrastructure, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Sources, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy of Croatia
  • Representative of the ITRE Committee (tbc)

10.10-10.20 Presentation of the CEEP paper for CEDE: Pathways of energy transition in Central Europe

  • Maciej Jakubik, Executive Director, CEEP

10.20-11.35 Panel 1 - Future of the generation portfolio in Central Europe: how to accommodate different sources on the way towards a low-carbon energy-mix

Moderator: Tudor Constantinescu, Principal Advisor, DG Energy (confirmed)

  • Zuzana Krejcirikova, Public Affairs Director, CEZ (tbc)
  • Sorin Boza, President of the board, CE Oltenia
  • Tibor Fehér, Head of Department of Foreign Affairs, MVM
  • Maciej Burny, Director for International Relations, PGE
  • Vytautas Rimas, Head of Market Regulation, Ignitis Group

The majority of Central European Members States relies on thermal capacity (mainly coal and gas) to provide bulk of their electricity supplies. Such structure of the energy generation mix, however, has been confronted with the ambitious targets of the European energy and climate policy. Consequently, the sector loses its competitiveness due to surging CO2 prices via the EU ETS. This poses a significant challenge for companies: responsible for new investments, as well as for the governments: responsible for reliable electricity supply. Different countries focus on different types of investments (be it offshore wind, photovoltaics, or nuclear) in order to achieve significant GHG reductions. Therefore, a just and fair energy transition in Central Europe needs to be implemented with regard to the existing energy mixes and its social and economic impact.

11.35-11.50 Coffee break

11.50-13.05 Panel 2 - How to finance energy transition in Central Europe? The role of EU funds and the perspective of private financing

Moderator: Łukasz Koliński, Head of Unit, DG Energy (confirmed)

  • Olivier Marquette, President, AES
  • Tomasz Wilczak, Board member, PGNiG Termika
  • Rolandas Zukas, General Manager, EPSO-G
  • Adrian Volintiru, CEO, Romgaz
  • Gunnar Muent, Director General, Projects Directorate, EIB

The implementation of the energy union strategy, with its ambitious targets, represents a challenge for Central European Member States and their regional stakeholders. The transition of energy systems throughout the region requires not only an integrated approach and cooperation, but also sustainable funding. In the time of the finalisation of the next Multiannual Financial Framework and the new Commission beginning its work a debate about dedicated European financing mechanisms is necessary. This way the EU could provide the essential funding and foster the involvement of private capital in Central Europe.

13.05-13.15 Concluding remarks

  • Rafał Miland, Vice-President of the Management Board of PERN S.A.

13.15-14.15 Networking lunch


The event is organised by Central Europe Energy Partners (CEEP)  in cooperation with the European Commission DG Energy






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