The Central & Eastern European Gas Conference is a multi-stakeholder endorsed natural gas leadership summit which draws together key commercial decision makers & policy influencers to address the most essential and topical issues fundamental to the evolution of the gas market within the region.

Note that this is the programme for the 2017 event.

Day 1
Wednesday 15th
February 2017
Day 2
Thursday 16th
February 2017
Day 1
8:30am - 9:00am
Delegate Registration. Networking & Coffee
9:00am - 9:05am
Organiser’s Welcome
9:05am - 9:10am
Executive Welcome from the Host City
City of Zagreb, Croatia
9:10am - 9:20am
Executive Welcome Address
INA, d.d.
President of the Management Board
9:20am - 9:40am
Ministerial Keynote Address
Government of the Republic of Croatia
Minister of Environment & Energy
9:40am - 10:00am
Keynote Presentation from the US Department of State
"Connecting CEE Demand to Global Energy Trade: The View from the United States.”
10:00am - 10:20am
Executive Keynote Address: The Past, Present & Future of the CEE Region – The Dawn of a New InterConnected Era
Addressing the unique evolution of the CEE gas region and taking a look at the bigger picture - how global shifts such as the collapse of energy prices are affecting European gas & LNG today, and what this will mean for the CEE energy landscape and the growth of natural gas as a dominant energy source.
10:20am - 10:50am
Networking & Coffee
10:50am - 11:10am
Successful EU Energy Market Integration
Chief Executive Officer
11:10am - 11:50am
EU member #28 – Croatia: a case study of the most recent member of the EU and what this means for connecting to European energy markets
Session Chair - Andrew Wrobel
Emerging Europe
Head of Editorial
Chief Executive Officer
Macesic & Partners LLC
Attorney & Partner
11:50am - 12:30pm
Policy, Support and Regulation: EU, Regional and Domestic outlook for gas supply and transfer under the microscope
Exploring the EU’s policy and support for the region in developing gas markets: LNG, TSO / Pipelines, Gas Storage, Infrastructure, and how it will impact the region. How can EU Funds be used effectively to stimulate market growth and demand? What is the sentiment from domestic policy makers and will this help or hinder imports into the region and cross-border transfer?

Session Chair - Maciej Jakubik
E&A Law Limited
Founder and Director
EastWest Institute
Senior Fellow
Member of the Board
Chief Executive Officer
12:30pm - 12:35pm
Pre-Lunch Welcome Address from PPD (Prvo Plinarsko Društvo)
12:35pm - 1:45pm
Networking Lunch - sponsored by PPD (Prvo Plinarsko Društvo)
1:45pm - 2:45pm
Pipedreams: What does the future of CEE piped gas look like? Is diversity of supply a double-edged sword?
An update from multiple perspectives on Europe’s newest pipeline projects and what they mean to the CEE region. How is the Southern Gas Corridor progressing and can TAP and IAP provide the much sought after diversity of supply. How will Nordstream 2 impact the region and is there space for the many competing pipelines?

Session Chair - Gulmira Rzayeva
Research Associate, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies; Senior Research Fellow, Center for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan (Southern Gas Corridor)
NORD Stream 2
Finance Director
2:45pm - 3:45pm
Panel Discussion: Focus on Planned & Missing Infrastructure
This incisive panel debate will focus on CEE regional infrastructure from both long-term perspectives and short-term requirements and where new investment in European gas & Infrastructure are going to come from, who is going to pay for it, and how can it realistically progress in the current climate to meaningful interconnectivity. What are the missing pieces required to complete the energy corridor?

Session Chair - Bernd Rajal
Naftogaz of Ukraine
Group Chief Commercial Officer
Gaz System
Deputy Director, Development Division
Plinacro Ltd
Board Member
Head of Gas Department
Head of International Stakeholder Management
3:45pm - 4:15pm
Networking & Coffee
4:15pm - 4:45pm
Croatian Market Liberalisation
4:45pm - 5:15pm
US - Rio Grande Exports: Gas Supply for Central and Eastern Europe
NextDecade Corporation
LNG Sales and Trading Director
5:15pm - 8:30pm
Official Networking Reception
Day 2
8:30am - 9:15am
Networking & Coffee
9:15am - 9:25am
Chairman’s Welcome Recap & Introduction
9:25am - 9:45am
The CEE Gas Market in Context – Presentation by Argus Media
Argus Media
Senior Editor - Gas/Power & LNG
9:45am - 11:15am
The Executive Energy Leadership Panel
A CEE Gas highlight. The Executive Energy Leadership Panel welcomes the most senior executives in the gas & energy landscape to speak and then debate key issues on stage. Moderated by our Day 2 Chairman, the session will explore the most contemporary, pressing themes impacting the decision-makers in the Central & Eastern European energy space today.

Session Chair - Marcel Kramer
President of the Management Board,
Gas Infrastructure Europe
Chairman of GIE Board and GIE General Assembly
AS Eesti Gaas
Chief Executive Officer
INA, d.d.
Operating Director of Exploration and Production
Head of Department - Department of Energy, Management and Mining Ministry of National Development, Hungary
11:15am - 12:00pm
Focus on Interconnectivity and Access to Infrastructure
Examining EU regulation and policy focusing on access to infrastructure – how can often complex and out-dated regulatory systems be modified to encourage interconnectivity and gas supply & trading across CEE borders? EU policy makers and Industry will examine institutional policy framework and what needs to be done to modernise accessibility.

Session Chair - Alenka Žumbar
Editor in Chief
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Principal Banker Natural Resources
Senior Business Developer
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Networking Lunch
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Panel Discussion – “Security of Supply? More Like Security of Infrastructure!”
“Security of supply” addresses a myriad of factors, yet we tend to over-focus on the Ukraine and the gas shortages of the 2000s rather than diversity of gas sources. Where will new supplies come from? What do multiple supply streams it mean for the region? What are the implications of Gas Storage and LNG Bunkering? How much is “enough” and how do CEE nations benchmark this? How do we truly measure market use vs. strategic capacity?

Session Chair: Fred Hutchison
Hungarian Gas Storage
Deputy CEO
Vice President - Origination & Marketing
2:30pm - 2:50pm
Networking & Coffee
2:50pm - 3:10pm
Building Partnerships to Advance LNG Infrastructure for Transport
In line with EU directives and current market tendencies modern policies for development of environmentally sustainable transport systems include LNG as fuel among the first priorities. EU Member States policymakers are invited to provide proper frameworks that would stimulate implementation and development of appropriate infrastructure.
Gasfin Group
Head of LNG for Transport
3:10pm - 4:00pm
Panel Debate: Stimulating Investment & Building a Market Framework in Post COP-21 Europe
Regulatory clarity is often the Holy Grail for investment and market opportunity. In the CEE region, what is regulated? What is not? And who regulates what in an era of deregulation? Private equity and debt financing can provide growth opportunities – how does COP-21 affect investment decisions?
Can external industry users and consumers have a stake in gas market development?

Session Chair: Andrew Wrobel
Emerging Europe
Head of Editorial
Bulgarian Industrial Association
Energy Community Secretariat
Gas Expert
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Energy Economist
4:00pm - 4:10pm
Chairman’s closing remarks
4:10pm - 4:10pm
Conference Closes