22 Jun 2023

Natolin Energy and Climate Nest Conference: "External Partners in the EU’s Energy Transition: New Dependencies or Similar Challenges?"

From 11:00 till 20:00
Natolin (Warsaw) Campus

The Natolin Energy and Climate Nest is pleased to announce its 4th annual student-led conference entitled: "External Partners in the EU’s Energy Transition: New Dependencies or Similar Challenges?". 

The event will take place at the College of Europe in Natolin on 22 June 2023 and it will host speakers, experts, researchers and representatives of the energy sector. Live-stream will be available on our website and social media. 


If you are interested in attending the conference, please fill out this form.

"External Partners in the EU’s Energy Transition: New Dependencies or Similar Challenges?"

What is the Conference about? 

The energy crisis derived from the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the new challenges arising from the ongoing green energy transition in the European Union are just the last wake-up calls to start a “European energy revolution”. 

The European Union has stressed the necessity to transform future energy challenges into opportunities and the urgency to achieve a more "strategically autonomous" energy system in our transition towards being the first Net-Zero continent.  

However, these objectives raise new questions. How can we redirect the decarbonization process? How can we reduce our energy dependence on third countries in the medium-long term?  

With the help of different expert panellists and relevant figures in the European energy sector, the Conference will try to offer answers to these complex and compelling questions.

The conference will explore three main topics axes, each of which will explore and examine a crucial and complex aspect of the EU new external energy partnerships:

  • What diplomacy means for the EU's external energy partnerships

Exploring various geographical areas and possible future energy partners, the panel will investigate the EU’s perspectives for a renewed energy diplomacy.

  • Challenges and (in)dependence in the energy transition supply chain

Which technical challenges does the EU energy transition entail? Which actions are needed to build a more secure energy supply chain? The panel will offer an overview of future difficulties produced by the energy transition process.

  • Reflections on the spill-over effects and unintentional impacts of the EU’s external  energy partnerships

Investigating the possible external effects of EU energy policies on its Neighbourhood, the panel will try to formulate recommendations for the elaboration of EU new climate policies.


  1. "The time for energy transition diplomacy: an opportunity for the Commission to step in" by Ms Ana VALVERDE SERRANO
  2. "The paradox of the EU’s energy transition: between the independence and the interdependence pathways" by Mr Eric VALDIVIA VILLANUEVA
  3. "The vulnerability of the EU reshaped energy security: the unsolved knot of the imports’ dependence" by Mr Fabio INDEO
  4. "Role of European climate and energy diplomacy in promoting international cooperation against climate change. Normative Power Europe (NPE) in action" by Mr Jarosław PIETRAS
  5. "EU’s energy governance in the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood: a compromise between energy security and decarbonization targets is needed" by Mr Nicola MELLERE
  6. "New energy partnerships, old colonial ties: why European energy deals are not new for the southern neighbourhood" by Mr Pablo PASTOR VIDAL
  7. "Energy transition as the transition of dependencies; the crucial case of solar if the sun is universal, the wealth and power coming from its energy is not" by Mr Sebastien THERON
  8. "EU’s intentional and unintentional impact on energy, environmental, and climate policies of third countries With practical examples of third countries' fuels policies" by Ms Urszula SZALKOWSKA
  9. "The Carbone Border Adjustment Mechanism in the light of the right to development" by Mr Jakub BEDNAREK
  10. "EU-ASEAN relations: Between multilateralism and protectionism in the face of the energy transition" by Mr Tomasz OBREMSKI

Aims of the conference

Thconference will focus on analysing, dissecting and assessing the most recent developments in the EU's external energy relations and their implications, and to provide a better understanding of where the EU and the European energy sector stand in the energy transition, and of the challenges linked to the internal issues and dimensions of energy policy and transition.

Finally, the conference will not be limited to a descriptive and analytical perspective, but will also attempt to produce outcomes of a performative and recommendatory nature, aiming at proposing solutions, directions and policy choices that would support the conversion of the challenges and possibilities brought by these crises and by the current initiatives (REPowerEU, the Green Deal, NextGeneration Plans) into concrete successes (in terms of sustainability, economic growth, or strategic autonomy) and not into further risks, weaknesses or (increased) exposure to future crises.

The conference will aim to bring together expertise from various academic backgrounds, as well as experts from other relevant sectors including policymakers, think tanks, representatives of NGOs (among others). It will be based on an interdisciplinary dialogue about the energy transition of the EU in order to contribute to ongoing research and offer useful insights for all participants and College students.


If you have any questions, please contact us at:

Natolin Energy & Climate Nest 
College of Europe in Natolin 
Ulica Nowoursynowska 84 
02-797 Warsaw, Poland 
+48 22 54 59 447 

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