Energy futures in Southeast Europe and the role of the Energy Community

Friday, November 6, 2015 - 2:30pm
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Friday, November 6, 2015 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower
Open to the Public

You are cordially invited to a seminar hosted by the Centre for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy, Central European University and cohosted by CEU Business School , CEU Energy Policy Research Group,   Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Department of International Relations

Energy futures in Southeast Europe and the role of the Energy Community”

By Peter Vajda

Post Peter Vajda's talk, we will have a panel discussion by Peter Vajda, Prof. Ruben Mnatsakanian and Jozsef Feiler. This panel will be moderated by Prof. Diana Urge-Vorsatz

6th November (Friday), 2015 at 2:30p.m.

Budapest, Nádor utca 9, Room 609 Faculty Tower

Abstract: Energy policy covers a wide range of issues, from investments to security of supply and from environmental improvements to enhance competition. In today's world, energy policy can only be effective if it takes into account all financial, environmental, climate and socio-economic impacts of the generation, transmission and end-use of energy. The conflicts of the 1990s led to the disintegration of a unified energy system that stretched from the Adriatic to the Black and Aegean Seas. What was once a single system suddenly was a patchwork of several. Regardless of the frontiers drawn on maps since the conflict erupted, the separate entities still rely on each other for the smooth functioning of their power supplies. The Energy Community’s mission is to extend the EU internal energy market to South East Europe and beyond on the basis of a legally binding framework. The principal instrument to achieve this aim is the adoption of the EU’s legislation, the so-called acquiscommunautaire, in energy and related areas. To date, some 25 laws have been incorporated into the Energy Community’s legal framework, covering gas, electricity, security of supply, renewables, oil, energy efficiency, environment, competition and statistics. The Energy Community may also take measures to create a single energy market."

Presenter: A lawyer by training with a master’s degree in environmental law, Peter has always been involved in issues related to the environment, both from legal and technical aspects.  Straight after graduation from the Faculty of Law of Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest), he took up duties at the national environmental agency’s Budapest local office. Peter had worked as a seconded national expert at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Environment. As legal adviser, he was working on various files both from legislative and implementation aspects, like the IPPC (2008/1/EC), Large Combustion Plants (2001/80/EC), Waste Incineration (2000/76/EC) etc. He has also worked as legal adviser in the Office of the Director-General in DG Climate Action and in March 2012, he took up duties as environmental expert at the Energy Community Secretariat in Vienna.  In his current position, his geographical focus covers South East Europe, in particular the Western Balkans countries as well as Moldova and Ukraine and the main activities involve monitoring the implementation of EU legislation on Environmental Impact Assessment (1985/337/EEC), Sulphur Content of Liquid Fuels (1999/32/EC), Large Combustion Plants (2001/80/EC) and Industrial Emissions (2010/75/EU) in the Contracting Parties of the Energy Community Treaty.