07 Sep 2018

High-level Roundtable "Quo Vadis Energy Union"

From 08:45 till 15:30

Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik
Ludwigkirchplatz 3–4
10719 Berlin

 The Juncker Commission declared the Energy Union — announced as a project to make energy more secure, affordable and sustainable — to be one of its political priorities for 2015-2019. A year before the end of this term, the College of Europe European Energy Policy Energy Chair and Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) Berlin looked ahead to the future of the Energy Union, in their high-level conference entitled "Quo Vadis Energy Union" in Berlin on 7 September 2018.

The roundtable took place in the premises of Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Ludwigkirchplatz 3–4, 10719 Berlin.


The high-level roundtable consisted of three panel debates and a keynote speech:  

8:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Registration of the participants

9:00 a.m. to 9.15 a.m.

Welcome Address

Kirsten WESTPHAL, Senior Associate, SWP

Dirk BUSCHLE, European Energy Policy Chair, College of Europe



The Energy Union: Where we are and where to go from here

Philipp STEINBERG, Director General Economic Policy, Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie, Germany

9.45 a.m. to 11.15 a.m.

The Energy Union’s Governance

Who’s managing the energy transition?

Moderator: Thomas PELLERIN-CARLIN, Researcher, Jacques Delors Institute

Megan RICHARDS, Director, European Commission, DG Energy

Dieter KUNHENN, Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy, Germany

Aleksandra GAWLIKOWSKA-FYK, Head of the International Economic Relations and Energy Policy Programme, Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM)

Barbara BOTOS, Deputy Secretary of State for Climate Policy, Ministry of Innovation and Technology, Hungary

11.15 a.m. to 11.45 a.m.

Coffee Break

11.45 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

Beyond the Energy Union I: EU energy and climate policy for the future  

Moderator: Matthias BUCK, Agora Energiewende

Jean-Arnold VINOIS, Advisor European Energy Policy, Notre Europe Jacques Delors Institute

Carole MATHIEU, Head of EU Energy & Climate Policies, Centre for Energy, IFPRI

Eva Chamizo LLATAS, Director of European Affairs, Iberdrola

1.00 p.m. to 2.00. p.m.


2.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.

Beyond the Energy Union II: EU energy relations and the changing international landscape

Moderator: Kirsten WESTPHAL, SWP

Dirk BUSCHLE, European Energy Policy Chair, College of Europe

Andreas GOLDTHAU, Centre of International Public Policy, Royal Holloway University of London

Michaela SPAETH, Director for Energy and Climate Policy, Business and Human Rights , Federal Foreign Office, Germany

Ulf SVERDRUP, Director, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

3.30 p.m.

Conclusions and Closing

Dirk BUSCHLE, European Energy Policy Chair, College of Europe


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