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EU energy and climate change policies: Finding a better solution for the environment and consumers


A pan-European Conference for EU reform –
London 14-15th of January 2014-02-19

Roundtable discussion:

EU energy and climate change policies: Finding a better solution for the environment and consumers

My contribution to the conclusions of the conference:

There was a good discussion in the room about the interaction between the EU’s energy and environmental policies and the different energy mixes in different states. There are many trade-offs, such as between an integrated energy market with increased competition and national security of supply. It was recognized that renewables are popular in some states such as Denmark, but are less feasible in states such as Poland where switching from coal to shale gas may be their preferred method of reducing carbon emissions. The European Commission  examines the different points of view and proposes  policies that would promote the common European interests and that can be agreed by all  member states.

Going forward, the EU faces many challenges including upgrading its infrastructure to meet its policy objectives  – in order to accommodate renewable energy and complete the internal energy market massive investments in transmission and distribution grids, including through cross border infrastructure are needed. Discussions like this are essential to getting it right.

Programme of Conference can be found at:

http://static.squarespace.com/static/52c1f4f9e4b0a99fb3cb6ed8/t/52d46e29e4b0ba94ab0a459c/1389653545620/Programme.pdf

Fresh Start Project

Open Europe and the Fresh Start Project present

A pan-European Conference for EU reform

Programme

15-16 January 2014
One Birdcage Walk, Westminster London, SW1H 9JJ

Follow the conversation online: #EUReform

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Programme | Open Europe & Fresh Start Project | Conference for EU Reform

January 2014, London

Wednesday, 15 January
Economic reform for EU growth and competitiveness

0845 Registration and refreshments

0915 Welcome and Introduction
 Lecture Theatre
Andrea Leadsom MP
Co-Founder, Fresh Start Project; Member of the Number 10 Policy Board; Member of Parliament for South Northamptonshire (Conservative) (UK)

0930-1015 Keynote Speech
 Lecture Theatre
Senior UK Cabinet Minister
(Name to be revealed at a later stage due to security protocol)
Followed by Q&A moderated by
Mats Persson
Director, Open Europe (Sweden)

1015 Tea and coffee served in all individual breakout rooms.

Fresh Start Project press conference for accredited press members in the Marble Gallery.

1045-1200 Conference simultaneously breaks up into five parallel sessions between 1045 and 1200. There will be one special session on the basics of EU reform and four interactive roundtable discussions on achieving global competitiveness.

#EUReform 101: a crash course covering the fundamentals of European Reform
 The Manufacturing Room

Why is EU Reform necessary?

Where does the EU need to be reformed?
 How can EU reform be achieved?

Introductory remarks

Björn Fröling
Vice Chairman, E. Öhman J (Sweden)
Lead by
Mats Persson
Director, Open Europe (Sweden)

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Unleashing innovation: Making the EU work for life sciences, technology and the digital industries

Achieving global competitiveness – Roundtable 1The Education Room

Maria Borelius

Science journalist and entrepreneur; former Swedish Minister for Foreign Trade; Member, Open Europe Advisory Council (Sweden)

George Freeman MP

UK Life Sciences Champion; Member of Parliament for Mid Norfolk (Conservative); Fresh Start Project (UK)

The changing face of global trade: How can the EU compete and connect with emerging markets?

Achieving global competitiveness – Roundtable 2The Energy Room

David Frost CMG

CEO of the Scotch Whisky Association; Former British Ambassador, Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Former Europe Director, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, UK Government; Member, Open Europe Advisory Council (UK)
Dr Martina Timmermann
Vice President; International Affairs; TIMA International (Germany)

Nick de Bois MP
Member of Parliament for Enfield North (Conservative); Fresh Start Project (UK)

Organic growth and entrepreneurs: Making Europe work for small and medium businesses
Achieving global competitiveness – Roundtable 3
The Napier Room

Bart van Coppenolle
Serial entrepreneur and Investor; Founder, CEO and Chair of Right Brain Interface, HolyBrain and Metris (Belgium)

Anne Marie Morris MP
Member of Parliament for Newton Abbot (Conservative); Fresh Start Project (UK)

EU energy and climate change policies: Finding a better solution for the environment and consumers
Achieving global competitiveness – Roundtable 4
The Stephenson Room

Krzysztof Szczerski
Member of Polish Parliament (Law and Justice); Member of the EU Affairs Committee; Former Undersecretary of State in the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Poland)

David Mowat MP
Member of Parliament for Warrington South (Conservative); Fresh Start Project (UK)

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January 2014, London

1200-1300 1300-1340

Buffet lunch is served in the Marble Gallery

EU Reform is possible! Lessons to be learnt from EU FisheriesKeynote speech
Lecture Theatre
1340 1350-1430

1430-1445

Maria Damanaki
European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs (Greece)
Followed by Q&A moderated by
Michael Wohlgemuth
Director, Open Europe Berlin (Germany)

Tea and coffee served in the Marble Gallery

The Single Market & European economic recovery
 Keynote Speech
Lecture Theatre
Peter Norman
Minister for Financial Markets (Sweden)

Followed by Q&A
Tea and coffee served in all individual breakout rooms

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January 2014, London

1445-1600

Maximising the Single Market: Just do it!Conference breaks up into four interactive, roundtable discussions.

Kick-starting growth: Creating a single European market for services
 Roundtable 1
The Manufacturing Room
Gustav Blix
Member of Swedish Parliament (Moderate Party); Ranking Member, The Committee on European Union Affairs (Sweden)

Bruno Maçães
Secretary of State of European Affairs (Portugal)

Tim Loughton MP
Member of Parliament for East Worthing and Shoreham (Conservative); Fresh Start Project (UK)

Dynamic but secure: A financial sector that works for European investment and growth
Roundtable 2
The Energy Room

Ales Michl
Chief Investment Officer, Raiffeisenbank (Czech Republic)

Mark Garnier MP
Member of Parliament for Wyre Forest (Conservative); Fresh Start Project (UK)

Let’s choose jobs: The right balance between growth, regulation and employment law
Roundtable 3
The Education Room

Professor Dr. Patrick Sensburg
Member of German Parliament (CDU); Member, Subcommittee on European Law (Germany)

Andy Bagnall
Director of Campaigns, Confederation of British Industry (CBI) (UK)

Charlotte Leslie MP
Member of Parliament for Bristol North (Conservative); Fresh Start Project (UK)

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January 2014, London

Less is more: How to improve the quality and focus of EU regulationRoundtable 4
The Napier Room
Luke Johnson
Chairman, Risk Capital Partners LLP; serial entrepreneur, known for take-over of the Pizza Express Chain; former Chair of the Channel 4 Television Corporation; chairman of private equity house Risk Capital Partners LLP, Patisserie Valerie and the Red Hot World Buffet Restaurant chain (UK)

Dr Daniel Mitrenga
Head of Macroeconomic affairs, German Association of Family Enterprises and German Association of Young Entrepreneurs (Die Familienunternehmer and Die Jungen Unternehmer) (Germany)

David Rutley MP
Member of Parliament for Macclesfield (Conservative); Fresh Start Project (UK)

1600 Tea and coffee served in the Marble Gallery

1615-1715 Embracing reform: Lessons from Eastern and Central EuropeKeynote panel

Lecture Theatre

Urmas Paet
Minister of Foreign Affairs (Estonia)

Professor Iveta Radičová
Visiting Fellow, Oxford University; Former Prime Minister (Slovakia)
Kristian Vigenin
Minister of Foreign Affairs (Bulgaria)

Moderated by
Nora Hesse
Deputy Director, Open Europe Berlin (Bulgaria)

1715 Tea and coffee served in the Marble Gallery

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January 2014, London

Starting from scratch – Build your own EU budgetInteractive session for all delegates
The Library
Introductory remarks
Are EU structural funds delivering? The case of Wales

Guto Bebb MP
Member of Parliament for Aberconwy (Conservative); Fresh Start Project (UK)
Lead by
Raoul Ruparel
Head of Economic Research, Open Europe (UK)
Stephen Booth
Research Director, Open Europe (UK)

A prize will be awarded for the best budget.

Reformers’ Reception
Open Europe hosts the ‘Reformers’ Reception’ at the Locarno Rooms, Foreign and

Commonwealth Office.

Opening remarks
The Rt Hon. William Hague MP
Secretary of State and the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (UK)

Drinks and canapés will be served.

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1730-1845

1915-2100

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Programme | Open Europe & Fresh Start Project | Conference for EU Reform

January 2014, London

Thursday, 16 January
Democratic accountability and the EU architecture

0845 Arrival and refreshments in the Marble Gallery

0900 Welcome and introductionLecture Theatre

Lord Leach of FairfordChairman, Open Europe (UK)

0915-1030 Where does democratic authority lie in the EU?Keynote Panel

Lecture Theatre

The Rt Hon. David LidingtonMinister for Europe (UK)

Paschal Donohoe

Minister for European Affairs (Ireland)

Dr Reinhold Lopatka
Spokesperson for Foreign and European Affairs, Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP); Former State Secretary for European and International Affairs (Austria)

Moderated by
Katrine Kielos
Writer, broadcaster and journalist, Aftonbladet (Sweden)

1030 Tea and coffee served in all individual breakout rooms
1045-1200 Europe and democracy: Closing the growing gap between the

EU and citizens
Conference breaks up into three interactive, roundtable discussions

National parliaments: Making the EU accountable to its member states
 Roundtable 1
The Manufacturing Room
Eva Kjer Hansen
Chair of the European Affairs Committee (Liberal party), Danish Parliament (Denmark)

Chris Heaton-Harris MP
Member, European Scrutiny Committee; Former Member of the European Parliament; Member of Parliament for Daventry (Conservative); Fresh Start Project (UK)

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Can the European Institutions fill the EU’s democratic deficit?Roundtable 2
The Education Room
Mikolaj Dowgielewicz
Vice Governor, Council of Europe Development Bank; Former Polish Minister for European Affairs (Poland)

Derk-Jan Eppink MEP
Member of the European Parliament for Belgium (LDD, ECR); Former cabinet secretary to European Commissioners Frits Bolkestein and Siim Kallas (Belgium)

Harriett Baldwin MP
Member of Parliament for West Worcestershire (Conservative); Fresh Start Project (UK)

Built to last? Reforming the EU institutions (the ECJ, Commission and EU agencies)
Roundtable 3
The Energy Room

Dennis de Jong MEP
Member of the European Parliament for the Netherlands (Socialist Party, GUE/NGL) (The Netherlands)

Therese Coffey MP
Private Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of State for Business; Member of Parliament for Suffolk Coastal (Conservative); Fresh Start Project (UK)

1200 1215-1245

Tea and coffee served in the Marble Gallery

Time for a realist revolution in Europe?Keynote Speech, Lecture Theatre

Rachida Dati MEP

Deputy President, UMP Party
Member of the European Parliament for France (UMP, EPP) Former Justice Minister (France)
Speaking in French with English translation

Followed by Q&A moderated by
Vincenzo Scarpetta
Policy Analyst, Open Europe (Italy)

1245-1345

Buffet lunch is served in the Marble Gallery

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January 2014, London

1345-1500

Flexibility in the European Union
Conference breaks up into four interactive, roundtable discussions

In the euro or out of the EU? Ensuring a market that works for all membersRoundtable 1
The Education Room
Stefano Grassi
Advisor on EU Affairs to the Italian Prime Minister, Enrico Letta (Italy)

Mats Persson
Director, Open Europe (Sweden)

Julian Smith MP
Member of Parliament for Skipton and Ripon (Conservative); Fresh Start Project (UK)

Tread carefully: Maintaining public trust in free movement
 Roundtable 2
The Energy Room
Agnieszka Pomaska
Member of Polish Parliament (Civic Platform); Chair of the EU Affairs Committee in the Polish Parliament (Poland)

Priti Patel MP
Member of Parliament for Witham (Conservative); Fresh Start Project (UK)

Cross-border cooperation on crime and policing: striking the correct balance between security and democratic accountability
Roundtable 3
The Napier Room

Karl Sigfrid
Member of Swedish Parliament (Moderates); Member, Committee on the Constitution; Member, Committee on EU Affairs (Sweden)

Dominic Raab MP
Member of Parliament for Esher & Walton (Conservative); Fresh Start Project (UK)

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The big question: Can powers ever flow back from the EU?
 Roundtable 4
The Manufacturing Room
Klaus-Peter Willsch MdB
Member of German Parliament (CDU); Member, Committee for Economy and Energy; Deputy Head of the Committee on Education, Research and Technology (Germany)

Frits Bolkestein
Former European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services; Former State Secretary for Economic Affairs (VVD); Former Minister of Defence (The Netherlands)

Mats Johansson
Member of Swedish Parliament (Moderates); Member, Foreign Affairs Committee; Chairman, Stockholm Free Forum (Sweden)

Tea and coffee served in the Marble Gallery

The future of Europe
Keynote panel composed of leading young European reformersLecture Theatre

Ebba Busch Thor
Deputy Mayor, City of Uppsala (Sweden)

Angel Martín Oro
Director, Economic Trends Reporter, Instituto Juan de Mariana (Spain)
Susanna Koski
President, Youth League, National Coalition Party (Finland)

Moderated by
Nina Schick
Policy Analyst, Open Europe (Germany)

Conference Close

Mats Persson
Director, Open Europe (Sweden)

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1600

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Delegates may attend both days or either day of the Conference.

The hashtag for the Conference for Twitter and social media is #EUReform. The discussions at the Conference will be on the record. Each of the policy-break breakout sessions will have an Open Europe or Open Europe Berlin representative as timekeeper.

This conference is open to those with expertise or an interest in the themes. Our aim is to have a broad spread of nationalities and institutions represented. Open Europe is a not-for-profit organisation, and the full cost of participation is £50 per day or £75 for both days. This covers all meals during the conference and attendance at all sessions. Special rates may be available – please enquire. All speakers confirmed unless designated with TBC.

The conference will be held in Westminster, central London at the following location:

One Birdcage Walk, 
 Westminster London,
SW1H 9JJ.
See: http://www.onebirdcagewalk.com

Enquiries about participation or the programme to:

Nina Schick
 Policy Analyst
 Open Europe
 7 Tufton Street
 London

SW1P 3QN

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7197 2333
 Fax: +44 (0)20 7197 2307
email: nina@openeurope.org.uk

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About Androulla Kaminara

SCR member of St.Antony's College, Oxford University, 2013-24 Academic Visitor and 2012-13 EU Fellow Senior Academic Associate- Non-resident of EUCERS, King's College, London University Views are personal.

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