United in Diversification? Implications of the Russia-Ukraine Conflict on Central and Eastern Europe’s Gas Supply

Academic & Research
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 2:00pm
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm
Nador u. 9, Monument Building
Popper
Audience: 
Open to the Public

Russia provides approximately a quarter of the natural gas consumed in the European Union; and most of this amount reaches the EU via pipelines through Ukraine. The Central and Eastern European region is even more highly dependent on Russian gas, around 80% for Hungary and almost 100% for Bulgaria. In the case of a supply disruption, or increased political tension, both the political and economic landscapes are altered.

The Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG), in cooperation with the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, CEU Business School, Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Department of Public Policy, is holding a high level roundtable discussion which brings important regional and national experts together. Participants will assess the technical and political-economic impact of gas dependency, new alternative transport routes and how recent EU-Russia-Ukraine political and economic maneuvering impacts the regional and national gas markets.
The purpose of this timely event is to engage both the CEU community and a public audience interested in the latest energy developments in the CEE region. The EPRG was established to facility energy dialogue within CEU and an international audience interested in energy issues.
Schedule
2:00 – 2:10 Opening remarks
Michael LaBelle, Assistant Professor, CEU
Alan Watt, Assistant Professor and Head of the Environmental Sciences and Policy Department
2:10 – 3:30 Roundtable 1: Gas security and the CEE regional infrastructure

Russia provides approximately a quarter of the natural gas consumed in the European Union; and most of this amount reaches the EU via pipelines through Ukraine. The Central and Eastern European region is even more highly dependent on Russian gas, around 80% for Hungary and almost 100% for Bulgaria. In the case of a supply disruption, or increased political tension, both the political and economic landscapes are altered.

The Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG), in cooperation with the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, CEU Business School, Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Department of Public Policy, is holding a high level roundtable discussion which brings important regional and national experts together. Participants will assess the technical and political-economic impact of gas dependency, new alternative transport routes and how recent EU-Russia-Ukraine political and economic maneuvering impacts the regional and national gas markets.

The purpose of this timely event is to engage both the CEU community and a public audience interested in the latest energy developments in the CEE region. The EPRG was established to facility energy dialogue within CEU and an international audience interested in energy issues.

Register to the event by Monday, 19 May, via email eprg@ceu.hu Schedule

2:00 – 2:10 Opening remarks

Michael LaBelle, Assistant Professor, assistant professor at Central European University in the CEU Business  and Department of Environmental Sciences

Alan Watt, Assistant Professor and Head of the Environmental Sciences and Policy Department

2:10 – 3:30 Roundtable 1: Gas security and the CEE regional infrastructure

Attila Holoda, senior Hungarian energy industry professional and a former Deputy Secretary of State at Ministry of National Development of Hungary
Andras Deak, Adjunct Fellow at the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs
Michael LaBelle, assistant professor at Central European University in the CEU Business and Department of Environmental Sciences
Moderator: Vija M. Pakalkaite, Public Policy Department, CEU

3:30 – 4:00 Coffee break

4:00 – 5:20 Roundtable 2: Political and Economic Dimensions of Gas Security in Central and Eastern Central Europe

Dirk Buschle, Deputy Director and Legal Counsel of the Energy Community Secretariat, Vienna, Austria

Anita Orban, Ambassador-at-Large for Energy Security at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary

Balázs Lakatos, Sales Marketing and General Affairs Manager at Hungarian Gas Storage Ltd. 

Moderator: Andras Jenei, Center for Fair Political Analysis

5:20 – 5:30 Concluding comments