The International energy sectoris going through major global transformations driven by technological revolution, environmental and geopolitical challenges. For the second year in a row, the Forum on Energy Security for the Future: A New Vision, Strategy, Innovation brought together global leaders, including politicians, opinion makers and business people.
Organized by Burisma Group in partnership with the Adam Smith Conferences, and with support from the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the Alexander Kwasniewski Foundation Amicus Europae, the Forum was held on June 2, 2017 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. The event addressed Europe’s energy security with focus on Ukraine’s increasing role in the European energy market.
“The processes taking place in the EU automatically affect Ukraine and vice versa. Such events allow Ukrainian and European leaders to share their views and define instruments required to obtain energy independence at a country level and in the whole of Europe”, noted the President of Burisma Group Nikolay Zlochevskyi.
In attendance from the Ukrainian side were the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Kistion, the Head of the Committee on Taxation and Customs Policy at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Nina Yuzhanina, Deputy Minister for International Integration at the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine Nataliya Boyko, as well as representatives of the Embassy of Ukraine in France, the Cabinet of Ministers, Ministries and Departments.
The Forum started with welcoming remarks from His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, followed by keynote addresses from the President of Slovenia (2007–2012) Danilo Türk and the Prime Minister of Belgium (1999–2008) and the Leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group Guy Verhofstadt. The panelists of the keynote session included the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Kistion, the Director of the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center (1999-2002) and Ambassador at Largefor Counter-Terrorism (2002-2004) Joseph Cofer Black, the European Commissioner for Energy (2004 and 2009) Andris Piebalgs, and the Director of the Atlantic Council Dina Patriciu Eurasia Center and the US Ambassador to Ukraine (2003-2006) John E. Herbst. They focused on the role of institutions in strengthening European energy security. The first session closed with a keynote presentation from the President of Poland (1995-2005) Alexander Kwasniewski.
The analytical market debate, moderated by the EU Platts correspondent Siobhan Hall, placed special emphasis on the latest trends affecting the European energy market, including energy landscape changes, supply and demand dynamics and competition.
The Forum addressed European energy securityat a regional level and development of energy-efficient infrastructure.
“This event goes in line with our corporate objectives, but most importantly, it reflects values and principles that we, at Burisma Group, stand by: integrity, social responsibility and innovation. We are proud that the Forum is becoming Europe’s largest energy platform. Every year, more and more politicians and public figures join in to aid the cause. With the support from the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, we are hoping that our Forum will bring tangible results for the entire Europe”, admitted the Head of the Organizing Committee and Advisor to the Board of Directors at Burisma Group Vadym Pozharskyi.