UK Energy Minister Charles Hendry to speak on security of gas supply

5 December, 2011

Ensuring security of gas supply at reasonable prices has become a major preoccupation for the EU. Our meeting will assess current  policies from both supplier and consumer country perspectives, and what new initiatives may be needed.

UK Energy Minister Charles Hendry will open the meeting with an important statement on the role of gas in the UK’s future energy mix, and then participate in a 90 minute round table discussion. The meeting will subsequently move onto a broader level, bringing together a prominent group of senior international policy-makers, industry leaders, and energy experts to discuss global supply and demand for gas and key European gas security of supply issues.

Among confirmed speakers and participants are:

  • Dick Benschop, President-Director, Shell Netherlands
  • Torben Brabo, Board Member, ENTSOG
  • Olivier Onidi, Deputy Head of Cabinet, EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger
  • Miguel Ceballos Baron, Member of the Cabinet of EU High  Representative Catherine Ashton
  • Volodymyr Makukha, Deputy Minister for Fuel and Energy, Kiev
  • Peter Poptchev, Ambassador at large for Energy, Bulgarian Foreign Ministry
  • Friedbert Pflueger, Professor and Director, EUCERS, Kings College London
  • Graeme Steele, European Policy & Interconnectors Manager, National Grid
  • Jean-Michel Glachant, Director, Florence School of Regulation, European University Institute
  • Jaques de Jong, Senior Fellow, Clingendael International Energy Programme

Meeting sessions four to six draw on the results of workshops that were organised by the Clingendael International Energy Programme, the Loyola de Palacio Chair of the European University Institute, and the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei. The workshop results will provide detailed insights for assessing how well current European security of gas supply policies and architecture are achieving their objectives, and in what ways they may need to adapt to evolving challenges.

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