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Meeting: December 16, 2015: BREC Christmas gala event on prevailing European energy security challenges: presentation of the EGF Gazprom Monitor Annual Review for 2015

This interactive discussion of the Brussels Energy Club addressed the topic of:

"BREC Christmas gala event on prevailing European energy security challenges: presentation of the EGF Gazprom Monitor Annual Review for 2015"


And took place on Wednesday 16 December 2015, 1-6 pm @ TUSIAD Avenue des Gaulois, 13, Brussels 1040


With special guest speaker:


Jack SharplesDr Jack Sharples 

Specialised Lecturer in Energy Politics and Energy Law at the European University of St Petersburg, Russia, and Author of the EGF Gazprom Monitor Monthly Reports  




In the present day and age, when we think European energy security, we think Gazprom. Love it or hate it, the Russian gas giant is, for many of us, both scourge and partner of the Europeans at the same time. Many of us European "energy security buffs" monitor Gazprom's external activities with bated breath. None more so than St. Petersburg-based Dr Jack Sharples: who has emerged as one of Europe's top "Gazprom watchers" via his multiple years of authorship of the Gazprom Monitor monthly reports and annual reviews published by the Brussels-based website, European Geopolitical Forum (EGF).

This autumn, the second edition of the Gazprom Monitor Annual Review was released to energy security conscious Europeans, and Dr Sharples presented the core findings of this 2015 Annual Review in the BREC format. Dr Sharples' presentation of the Review, a study which closely follows Gazprom's external activities for the past 12 months, was based on the structure of the Review itself. It covered the following topics:

  • Gazprom and the EU gas market
  • The EU antitrust investigation into Gazprom
  • Nord Stream
  • Turkish Stream
  • Gazprom and Ukraine
  • Gazprom and the Asia-Pacific market


During his presentation at the Brussels Energy Club on December 16, Dr Sharples offered his assessment with respect to each of these topics as based on the Gazprom Monitor Annual Review for the past year. He then offered his prognosis on what European energy security watchers can likely expect as we look forward towards the ensuing 12 months. Dr Sharples' presentations were complimented by a guest expert discussant for each of the sections of the Review, and led into further reflections with BREC members and guests. Given the high stakes involved in Gazprom's role in the European energy security reckoning, we enjoyed a lively discussion to cap off an eventful year for all of us associated with the Brussels Energy Club.

Extracts of the Gazprom Monitor Annual Review for 2015 can be found here


Program December 16, 2015: 13.00 — 18.00:

  • Christmas buffet luncheon hosted by the Brussels Energy Club from 13.00-14.00 hours,   
  • followed by welcoming remarks by Dr Bahadir Kaleagasi, Chairman, Brussels Energy Club,
  • and an introduction of the EGF Gazprom Monitor Annual Review for 2015 by Dr Marat Terterov, Executive Director, Brussels Energy Club,
  • leading into segmented presentations of the Annual Review for 2015 by Dr Jack Sharples, inclusive of supporting interventions from discussant-experts and further reflections from meeting participants (NB: the Chatham House Rule will apply).
  • The format for the afternoon was as follows: three consecutive presentations-discussions of the first three topics of the Annual Review as outlined above, followed by a networking coffee break, which was then followed by a further three presentations.
  • A cocktail reception and networking opportunities with the speaker and Club members & guests followed at the end of the interactive discussions


Speaker information

Dr Jack Sharples is a Specialised Lecturer in Energy Politics and Energy Law at the European University of St Petersburg, where he also teaches EU Politics in the Department of Political Science and Sociology. He is also a researcher in the newly-opened International Energy Centre. He has been the author of the EGF monthly Gazprom Monitor reports since May 2012. Dr Sharples received his PhD from the University of Glasgow, UK, having written his thesis on the political economy of state-business relations in the Russian gas sector. His doctoral thesis analysed the relationship between Gazprom and the Russian state on the domestic Russian gas market, in transit/supply relations with Ukraine and Belarus, and in the sphere of Russian gas exports to the EU market. He also holds the qualifications of MSc (2007) and MRes (2008) in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Glasgow, and BA in Politics from the University of York, UK (2005).

Dr Sharples has published articles on Russian approaches to energy security and climate change (in the journal Environmental Politics), and the role of Russia in European energy security (in the journal Political Perspectives). He was previously a Visiting Researcher at the European University of St Petersburg (2009-10), the Brussels School of International Studies (2010), and the Institute of Europe (Russian Academy of Sciences), Moscow (2011). Dr Sharples' current research interests include: EU-Russia energy relations; Russian foreign and domestic energy policy; Energy security; the relationship between energy security and climate change; EU Politics.


Further information

Participation in the interactive discussion at TUSIAD venue will be free of charge for members and guests of the Brussels Energy Club. For more information please contact Martin Minarik on industry@brusselsenergyclub.org and/or Ben McPherson on research@brusselsenergyclub.org, or visit the contacts section of our website.

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