Panel 1 Security of Natural Gas and Oil Supply: the EU Policy and the Interests of Producing and Transit Countries:
The panel discussion will aim to examine the EU interest in ensuring a secure supply of hydrocarbon resources against the interests of producing and transit countries. Where does the EU stand when it comes to prospects for the Common External Energy Policy? Does the EU as a key consumer share a common understanding of energy security with the key producers and transit countries? What are the long term business strategies of the key producers/transit countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia? Do we need to develop a pan-European energy security architecture that would bring together the long term interests of relevant consumers, producers and transit countries? What is the role for the EU, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Slovakia in this context?
Panel 2 Energy Security Strategy for Slovakia: Relationship between External and Internal Factors :
The panel discussion will look at Slovakia’s interests vis-à-vis the EU energy policy, and the strategies of key producing and transit partners, including prospects for developing Slovakia’s domestic capacities to decrease external energy dependence. What has been done since the adoption of the Energy Security Strategy of Slovakia in 2007? What are Slovakia’s interests when it comes to the present projects of natural gas and oil supplies to the EU? Do renewable and non-hydrocarbon sources of energy represent a real alternative to the hydrocarbons? Which of these alternative sources are compatible with Slovakia’s resources and conditions?
Panel 3 Regulation Policy of the EU and its Member States:
The panel discussion will assess prospects for the further development of the common regulatory framework of network industries both in the EU and in its member states. What is the experience from the second liberalization package and what can we expect from the third one? What should be regulated on the EU level and what on the national one? Is there a need for a separate approach towards the regulation of natural gas market and the electricity market? What are the commonalities and differences between Slovakia and our EU neighbors in the area of regulation policy?
Panel 4 Regulation of the Internal Energy Market: a Policy for Slovakia:
The panel will address the present development of the regulation policy in Slovakia, including its legislative framework. What has been changed and why over the last two years? What is Slovakia’s position vis-à-vis the EU liberalization policy? What are the interests of market actors – suppliers and consumers? What needs to be done for the creation of a better corporate environment and for the strengthening of the competitiveness in the market and what should be the role of the state and the regulatory office?