Energy Security in Central Europe – Visegrad Group meeting in Bucharest – Romanian Energy Forum 2013

Visegrad Group Conference – „Energy Security in Central Europe. A Properly Functioning Regional Gas Market – an Attractive and Realistic Option and How to Get There” – Romanian Energy Forum 2013.

The keynote speakers of the event were the Delegate Minister for Energy, Mr. Constantin Nita from Romania and Mrs. Beata Stelmach, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland.

The conference consisted in a presentation of the priorities of the Polish Presidency in the Visegrad Group in the field of energy security, aimed at increasing the use of the natural gas potential. High-level speakers from V4 countries’ administration and energy industry were invited to take part ant to contribute to the conference.

The debate focused on elimination of regulatory and trade barriers, the diversification of gas resources, importance of developing North-South interconnections and the Southern Corridor Project, ways to implement the 3rd EU Energy Package and to ensure operational regional solidarity mechanisms.

During the discussion attention was given to efforts undertaken in Central Europe, including in Romania, to create a well-integrated energy market, ready to absorb considerable gas volumes from different sources. Participants were also offered an opportunity to have a closer look on unconventional gas resources in Europe.

The conference took place in Bucharest on 29th April 2013 at Athenee Palace Hilton Hotel – among the participants: H.E. Marek Szczygieł, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Romania, Mr. Constantin Nita, Minister Delegate for Energy, Government of Romania, Mrs. Beata Stelmach, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Poland), Mr. Andrzej Dycha, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economy (Poland), Mr. Mihnea Constantinescu, Ambassador at large for energy security, Government of Romania, Mr. Jan Veškrna, President of the Board of Directors CEZ Romania, Mr. Márton Sipos, Deputy Head of International Energy Department, Ministry of National Development (Hungary), Mrs. Alexandra Gatej, CEO Maldon&Wat, Mr. Artur Lorkowski, Deputy Director, MFA Poland, Representative of Poland in the V4 High Level Group on Energy Security, Mr. Tom Holst, Country Manager, Chevron Romania, Mr. Corneliu Condrea, Director, Oil and Gas Dept., Ministry of Economy (Romania).