Day 1
Wednesday 7th
March 2018
Day 2
Thursday 8th
March 2018
Conference Day One
9:00am - 9:05am
Organiser's Welcome
9:05am - 9:15am
Croatian Minister’s Welcome
9:15am - 9:30am
LNG Croatia Keynote
LNG Croatia
Chief Executive Officer
9:30am - 9:45am
INA Keynote
INA, d.d.
President of the Board
9:45am - 10:30am
Keynote Panel: The Energy Community & CESEC - Bridging the border between EU & non-EU countries.
- What is the current status on the creation of an integrated and sustainable pan-European energy market?
- Will we see accelerated progress under CESEC 2.0?
- What more needs to be done to achieve regional market integration?
Energy Community Secretariat
Secretary General
U.S. Department of State
Director for Europe, Western Hemisphere and Africa, Bureau of Energy and Natural Resources
Plinacro Ltd
Member of the Board
European Commission
Policy Officer, DG Climate Action
European Climate Foundation
Regulatory and Commercial Manager for South and Eastern Europe
10:30am - 11:15am
The Turkish Stream: Energizing the borderlines between East and West
- What impact will Turkish Stream have on C&SEE gas markets?
- Is there sufficient demand to absorb the gas or will this new supply route confirm C&SEE as a transit region to Western European markets?
- How will Turkey’s relationship with the EU and Russia develop and what impact will this have on the CEE region?
Bosphorous Energy Club
Executive Chair
Turkey - Serbia Business Council
Head of Foreign Economic Relations Board
11:15am - 11:45am
Coffee & Networking Break
11:45am - 12:15pm
A conversation with PPD
A leading energy journalist interviews the figurehead from one of Croatia and the region’s biggest energy players.
Prvo Plinarsko Društvo
President of the Board
12:15pm - 1:00pm
The Coal, Gas & Renewables energy triangle: How do gas, coal and renewable energy sources fit together in the CEE region?
- Why is coal still such a strong part of the picture?
- Understanding the relationship between the gas & electricity markets
- What is the future for gas in a decarbonising Europe?
International Energy Agency
Senior Energy Analyst (World Energy Outlook)
1:00pm - 2:15pm
2:15pm - 3:00pm
The Big Debate: Pipes & LNG
“This house believes that markets not politics determine the choice of supply”

Speakers will be divided into two panels. One panel will argue for the motion; the other will argue against. The debate will be moderated by the chairman who will take an audience vote at the start and end to determine the results. The debate is designed to be a thinking exercise and will be conducted entirely under Chatham House Rules.
Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Ambassador-at-Large for Energy Security
Board Member
Atlantic Council
Associate Fellow
3:00pm - 3:30pm
What impact will LNG have on the CEE gas and electricity markets?
What will the current, under-construction and planned LNG infrastructure mean for gas buyers, distributors and electricity players in the region? What benefits will contract flexibility and pricing bring to incumbent business models?
Vice President
LNG Allies
Executive Director
3:30pm - 4:00pm
Coffee & Networking Break
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Project Focus Groups
Sit down with other industry figures to learn from someone on the inside of a leading energy project. Projects will be grouped into categories in order that relevant experiences and insights can be shared more easily and delegates can focus on their specific areas of interest.

LNG Focus
- Can LNG have a real impact on CEE energy markets?

Pipes & Interconnectors Focus
- Which infrastructure projects will go ahead and what is required to get them there?

Exploration & Production Focus
- What are the prospects for Exploration & Production throughout the CEE region and what will the impact be on the CEE gas markets?

Demand Side Focus
- How will the drive towards electrification affect European gas demand?
LNG Croatia
Chief Executive Officer
Member of the Board of Directors
European Climate Foundation
5:30pm - 5:35pm
Chair’s closing remarks
5:35pm - 7:00pm
Networking Drinks Reception
Conference Day Two
9:15am - 9:30am
Chair’s Opening Remarks
9:30am - 10:00am
Opening Keynote Speech
10:00am - 11:00am
What are the requirements of a regulatory framework to promote liquidity across the region?
Market participants and regulators discuss what is required to promote trading and competition in wholesale gas markets, focusing on market design, infrastructure pricing and barriers of entry.

Invited Speakers
Dennis Hesseling, Head of the Gas Department, ACER
Tomislav Jurekovic, President, HERA
Doug Wood, Chairman of the Gas Committee, European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET)
Kristof Terhes, CEO, FGSZ
Chair of the Task Force for Central & South Eastern Europe Gas (CSEE-G)
11:00am - 11:45am
Coffee & Networking Break
11:45am - 12:15pm
The shift from oil-indexation to market pricing through regional gas trading hubs. What is the situation and what is needed for the development of truly flexible short-term markets?
- Evaluating the maturity of the CEE market?
- How to measure hub liquidity
- Is there a transparency problem?
- Comparing hubs against each other
Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
Senior Research Fellow
12:15pm - 1:00pm
Austro-Hungarian Hub Debate: 
‘Will the Austrian hub dominance end and the Hungarian hub rise in the near future?’
Chief Executive Officer
Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
Senior Research Fellow
1:00pm - 2:15pm
2:15pm - 2:45pm
Price discovery before the establishment of a completely liquid European Gas Market
The CEE market is full of conflicting markets and factors that complicate finding the right price for gas. COP-21 pledges and a shift to clean air compete with cheaper domestic coal. Diversifying gas supplies with US LNG comes at a cost vs. Russian piped gas. Cross-border transmission issues and network codes create varying levels of liquidity between gas hubs and market access for domestic players. Yet price is key in keeping consumer costs low and ensuring a reasonable rate of return for infrastructure projects.

In this complex environment, how do buyers and sellers find a fair point of parity?

Invited Speakers:
Senior Executive from MOL Group
Senior Executive from MET Hungary
Senior Executive from Gen-I
Senior Executive from EFET
2:45pm - 3:15pm
Energy Project Economics – “Chicken and Egg?” Utilisation drives low prices, but cannot be achieved without low prices.
Is it right to think that lower gas prices are created by higher liquidity facilitated by more transmission infrastructure bringing gas to the market from an increased range of suppliers? The critical question for governments, financiers and pan-European policy makers is whether lower prices will bring the higher utilisation required to generate required return on investment.

This session will explore the economics of energy projects to understand the circumstances and steps that must be taken to make them work.

Invited Speaker:
Eric Rasmussen, Director, Natural Resources, EBRD (European Bank of Reconstruction & Development)
3:15pm - 3:45pm
Financing the infrastructure to support a liquid gas market in CEE – What are the financing models available to make necessary infrastructure a reality?
- Risk mitigation strategies for cross-jurisdiction project investors.
- Finding the right combination of equity and debt financing.
- Project finance lessons learned from around Europe.
- What makes a project bankable?
3:45pm - 3:45pm
Conference Close