International Conference – "Shining a Light on Energy: 10 Years of the Lisbon Treaty" (Online)


Wednesday 17.06.20 to Thursday 18.06.20


Online Conference
Natolin (Warsaw) Campus
ul. Nowoursynowska 84
PL-02/797 Warszawa

On 17-18 June 2020, the Natolin Energy and Climate Society in collaboration with the Conference Scientific Committee, is organising a two-day international conference hosted online by the College of Europe in Natolin entitled "Shining a Light on Energy: 10 Years of the Lisbon Treaty".

Bringing together researchers and representatives from different sectors, the conference will provide an interdisciplinary platform to discuss topics related to Energy and Climate, and will offer a critical analysis of the past 10 years and various perspectives on what is needed going forward.

This conference will take place at a historic time for Energy and Climate in the EU – marking 10 years of the inclusion of Energy in the Lisbon Treaty. There is now a need to bring people together from diverse perspectives and areas of expertise, to share knowledge and construct holistic and sustainable solutions.


The conference is going to be hosted online by the College of Europe in Natolin. In order to consult the exact programme and register for chosen conference panels, please go to this form.

Thematic schedule of the conference

17 June 2020

Theme 1: Between Energy Sovereignty and Solidarity

  • Ms Ewa MAZUR, European Law and Energy Policy expert at the Ministry of Climate in Poland
  • Ms Anna MATHEWS, Energy Lawyer, SMMLegal
  • Mr Wouter VANDORPE, Energy Lawyer, Fieldfisher LLP, and K.U. Leuven

Theme 2: EU Energy Security Challenges

  • Mr Gianmarco RIVA, University of Bologna
  • Mr Robert SPANHEIMER, Head of Energy at Bitkom

18 June 2020

Theme 3: External Dimensions of EU Energy Policy

  • Ms Anna GUMBAU, Carbon Pulse
  • Mr Lisse VAN VLIET, College of Europe in Natolin
  • Ms Chara VLACHOU, University of Cyprus

Theme 4: Making the Energy Transition Work

  • Mr Arnold BRUHIN, Navigant Energy
  • Ms Elena DONNARI, Council of European Energy Regulators
  • Mr Johannes LEININGER, Equinor

Theme 5: Mainstreaming Climate Neutrality

  • Ms Zofia ROGUSKA, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, PhD candidate Warsaw University
  • Ms Agnieszka SMOLEŃSKA, EUI Florence and Polityka Insight
  • Dr Paweł TOKARSKI, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik SWP (German Institute for International and Security Affairs)

Theme 6: Ensuring a Just Transition for All

  • Ms Alexandra BLIN, College of Europe in Natolin
  • Ms Heidi RENAULT, GRT Gaz

Background to the Conference

Ten years since the Lisbon Treaty included Energy in the European Union’s shared competences, the challenges confronting the EU in the areas of energy and climate are more urgent than ever. Some of the most pressing issues are the need to decarbonise the energy mix, the deficient integration of energy markets, significant import dependency, limited diversification of sources and transport routes, insufficient energy infrastructure development, the challenges posed by the increasing share of renewables, the need to accelerate clean energy innovation and energy efficiency as a means to reduce demand. Over the past decade, the EU has adopted a variety of legal acts setting milestones for accelerated development of energy and climate policy, to address some of these challenges, but many remain.

It is with this in mind that the College of Europe in Natolin will be hosting an online international conference to discuss not only the achievements and challenges of the last ten years in terms of EU energy policy, in all its dimensions, but also to look towards the future in terms of future developments within this field, and to raise important questions about the EU’s role both for its member states but also further afield.

Who should attend?

The conference will aim to bring together expertise from various academic backgrounds, as well as policy-makers and experts from think tanks, representatives of NGOs etc. In this way, we hope to facilitate an engaging interdisciplinary dialogue which will consider the real-world challenges and implications of the questions to be addressed, aid current research and offer mutually useful insights.

The conference will be open to attendees from all fields, with a particular focus on early-career researchers and young professionals working on climate and energy governance and with an interest in EU affairs. We anticipate participation from students from the College of Europe both in Natolin and Bruges, as well as from universities in Poland and neighbouring countries. More information about registrations will be coming shortly.

Lasting value 

Research papers will undergo a process of peer review and following the conference, we aim to bring together a selection of conference papers in an academic publication to ensure the conference is of lasting value to the European community.


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