The EU’s political steps to reduce its energy dependence need to be accompanied by investments in the energy infrastructure. A good starting point in this process may be the construction of the North–South Corridor of energy, transportation and telecommunications, as presented in a report by Central Europe Energy Partners (CEEP) and the Atlantic Council. European institutions have declared their interest in integrating proposals from the report into future European legislation and policy. On March the 24th, a high-level conference in Brussels discussed these issues. The conference’s keynote speaker was Maroš Šefčovič, European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union. The other presenters included Dominique Ristori, Director General of European Commission’s DG Energy; Prof. Jerzy Buzek, Chairman of the European Parliament’s ITRE Committee; and Massimo Cingolani, Managerial Advisor in Operations Directorate, European Investment Bank. Paweł Olechnowicz and Jan Kulczyk represented CEEP, with David Koranyi speaking on behalf of the Atlantic Council. The discussion focused on the ‘Completing Europe’ report’s main recommendation to create an integrated set of energy, transportation and digital links across Central Europe. I am happy that our concept was incorporated into the Energy Union Package of the 25th of February, 2015. Our idea is to be able to easily drive an ‘energy highway’ from North to South and back again. We need more investments in this area, along with a holistic approach to this challenge, as, at the moment, too many EU Member States remain energy ‘islands’, and therefore are impeded from freely trading energy and energy resources. This results in high prices, especially in Central Europe, compared to the Western part of the continent, declared Paweł Olechnowicz, Chairman [...]
CEEP has become an institutional partner of the European Economic Congress in Katowice, which will be held between the 20th and 22nd of April, 2015. The EEC - the largest business event in Central and Eastern Europe – is a three-day compilation of debates and meetings, attended by 6,000 guests from Poland, Europe and numerous countries in the world. Almost 100 thematic sessions are attended each year by several hundred panellists, EU commissioners, Prime Ministers and representatives of European governments, CEOs of major companies, scientists and businessmen, along with decision-makers who have an actual impact on Europe’s economic, political and social life. The main topics and issues of the seventh edition of the largest business conference in Central and Eastern Europe, include: a discussion on the European Union’s 300 billion-euro investment programme, and debates on the role of Member States’ in national economies, innovative Europe, challenges to the global economy, new markets and new trends. There will be many opportunities to exchange views and share experiences on issues related to industry and climate, as well as responsible business, and the ongoing transformations of the European labour market. During the congress, we will present our report: ‘COMPLETING EUROPE – FROM THE NORTH-SOUTH CORRIDOR TO ENERGY, TRANSPORTATION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS UNION’, drafted by CEEP in co-operation with the U.S. think-tank, the Atlantic Council. The panel discussion accompanying this event will focus on some of the most significant challenges which are currently faced by Europe, with particular emphasis on: the establishment of a North-South Corridor designed to improve the competitiveness and stability of the European economy; the integration of Europe’s energy, transport and [...]
Dozens of meetings in Europe and the United States; numerous published materials, articles and statements. Finally, participation in the most important bodies which decide on the future of Europe’s industry, and monitoring closely, developments in the energy-intensive and energy sectors, along with climate policy. These were some of the key activities implemented by Central Europe Energy Partners (CEEP) in 2014. One of the most important issues of interest to our association in 2014, was a report launched last November at a major conference in Istanbul. It represented a joint project of the Atlantic Council, - a leading US think tank - and CEEP. ‘Completing Europe – From the North-South Corridor to Energy, Transportation, and Telecommunications Union’ In our opinion, the rapid development of the North-South Corridor, which would constitute an integrated network of interconnectors in the energy, transport and telecommunications sector, would contribute to strengthening the EU. [Tweet "CEEP is calling for the establishment of the Corridor as a system of developed infrastructural connections"]CEEP is calling for the establishment of the Corridor as a system of developed infrastructural connections, i.e. natural gas and oil pipelines, electrical grids, highways, rail and telecommunications networks, which will span from the Polish coast including the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), and further to the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovenia, and finally to the coast of Croatia, with the inclusion of Ukraine and Moldova. Low-priced energy is key to Europe’s revival Since its establishment, CEEP has been arguing that, if Europe aims to maintain its potential and position in the global economy, it must concentrate its efforts on decreasing the costs [...]
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We represent the widely understood Central Europe energy sector (electricity generation, distribution and transmission, renewables, gas, oil, heat generation and distribution, chemical industries, etc.), universities and scientific institutions.