During the first three events in Budapest, Vilnius, and Bucharest, the ‘29+1’ summits have successfully established a tradition that brings together a distinguished and knowledgeable group of decision-makers to discuss the major challenges and opportunities in the field of energy policy. This year’s topic, ‘Energy Meets Digital. Digital Economy: a Technology Driver for an Energy Union’, focused on the game-changing interaction between the energy and digital realms. The Summit took place on June 15th and 16th in Warsaw. On the first day, a high-level dinner in the Royal Palace on the Water was organised, attended by key players from energy and energy-intensive industries from Central Europe, Polish Parliamentarians and governmental officials. Top level guests from the EU, Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, and Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, Director for the Internal Energy Market at the European Commission’s DG Energy, gave keynote speeches on their visions of Europe’s energy market and the necessity of digitalisation to harmonise and create one compatible, concise system. The speakers were introduced by Paweł Olechnowicz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Grupa LOTOS and President of the Board of Directors of CEEP, who inspired the debate on the need to connect the forces of energy and digital innovation to achieve a powerful synergy. The second day, with the setting of the Presidential Palace for the main debate, also provided a historical backdrop to discuss such topical issues as the Energy Union and technological changes in the energy sector, including digitalisation. Prof. Dr. Friedbert Pflüger, Director of the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security at King’s College London, moderated the debate for the [...]
Technological innovation and the digitalisation of industry are indispensable driving forces behind a successful Energy Union in Europe. Key to this objective is the infrastructure of a North–South Corridor between the Baltic, Adriatic and Black Seas. Its realisation requires the establishment of a platform that would bring together all relevant players and develop proper financial and regulatory solutions. These are main findings of the ‘29+1’ Annual Energy Summit, organised by Central Europe Energy Partners (CEEP), which took place on June 15–16, 2015, in Warsaw. CEEP members – who comprise Central Europe’s leading energy and energy-intensive companies – entered into a comprehensive exchange of findings and views with the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mr. Günther Oettinger. They underlined that whilst energy constitutes the backbone of the European economy, unfortunately, integration of the EU-11 in the energy field with the EU-15 is not keeping pace. “Together with Commissioner Oettinger, we agreed that our future economic development depends on the implementation of an affordable energy and digital infrastructure. To firmly and cost-efficiently interlink the whole European Union, we need a North–South Corridor, which includes energy pipelines, power lines, highways, railways, and telecommunication grids. The Corridor is also essential to successful participation of the region in the global economy, whilst also improving the capacity of our countries concerning IT logistics and to deal effectively with cyber-threats,” asserted Paweł Olechnowicz, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Central Europe Energy Partners. The Warsaw Memorandum, which was handed to Commissioner Oettinger at the end of the summit, reflected the general position of participants. They welcomed the establishment of the Connecting Europe Facilities [...]
With the topic “Energy Meets Digital. Digital Economy: A Technology Driver for an Energy Union”, this year’s 29+1 edition focuses on the game-changing interaction between the energy and digital realms. ‘29+1’ Annual Energy Summit takes place on June 15 and 16, in Warsaw. The ‘29+1’ Summit brings together a distinguished and knowledgeable group of decision-makers to allow them to discuss the major challenges and opportunities in the field of energy. As in the past three years, the summit will once again provide the opportunity for representatives of Central European energy and energy-intensive companies to come together and voice their interests. On June 16, the roundtable meeting, with the participation of Mr. Günther Oettinger, the European Commissioner for Digital Economy & Society, and the European Commissioner for Energy in the years 2010-2014, will be held. Issues related to the energy sector and digital economy at local and regional level are expected to feature strongly. The summit will also allow us to present, for the first time, a report drafted by CEEP and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, which indicates the way forward in proceeding with the key infrastructural projects for the full integration of the EU, complementing the existing and planned infrastructural networks. This event is one of our flagship projects, where ‘29’ stands for 29 CEOs or Board members of the biggest Energy Sector companies from Central Europe and the ‘1’ stands for the EU’s Commissioner. The first such Energy Summit was held in Budapest under the Patronage of the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban, the Deputy Prime Minister of Poland, Waldemar Pawlak, and the Cypriot Presidency to the [...]
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