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Plenary sessions

13 June: Opening high-level plenary
"Why should national governments care about energy efficiency?"

This plenary will focus on energy efficiency as an integral part of the general energy policy:

  • What role energy efficiency plays in broader energy policy discussion?
  • What sets of measures do individual countries take to improve energy efficiency?
  • What is the role of energy efficient building renovation in the energy policy?
  • How do we expect that the newly adopted Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and Energy Efficiency Directive will affect countries' approaches

Kathleen Gaffney

Senior Programme Manager at International Energy Agency (IEA), Energy Efficiency Division

Jan Kříž

Deputy Minister for Section of EU Funds, Economic and Voluntary Instruments (more info here)

Malina Kroumova

Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Public Works, Bulgaria (more info here)

Kristaps Zvaigznitis

Senior Expert at Ministry of Economics, Latvia

MODERATOR: Monica Frassoni

president of European Alliance to Save Energy, former MEP


Presentations from the first plenary available here.


14 June: Second plenary session
"How to finance energy efficiency in the CEE region?"

This plenary will be dedicated to financing the energy transition, and more specifically to investing in energy efficiency.

  • We know that energy efficiency investmens are cost-effective, however, large up-front investments are needed. How can the next EU budget (multi-annual financial framework) support this?
  • Which role do we see for emission trading revenues in financing the energy transition?
  • What are effective innovative financial instruments that can leverage public funds with private investment?
  • How can we monetize the social and economic benefits of energy efficiency investments?

Aniko Dobi-Rozsa

Global and Environmental Social Business, Hungary

Katarzyna Dziamara-Rzucidlo

Energy Efficiency Financing Expert, member of EEFIG, Poland

Paul Hodson

Head of Energy Efficiency Unit, DG Energy, European Commission (more info here)

Przemysław Kalinka

Programme Manager in Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

Ivan Lesay

CEO of Slovak Investment Holding,

Founder of Slovak Investment Holding (more info here)

MODERATOR: Adela Denkova

EurActiv, journalist

Presentations from the second plenary available here.