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Meeting: September 21, 2016: How to revive the EU-Russia Energy Dialogue — and to turn challenge into opportunity

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

 

"How to revive the EU-Russia Energy Dialogue — and to turn challenge into opportunity"

 

And took place on Wednesday 21 September 2016, 1pm — 4pm @ TUSIAD Avenue des Gaulois, 13, Brussels 1040

 

With guest "out of town" speaker:

Tatiana Mitrova

Tatiana Mitrova

Scientific Supervisor, Energy Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow; Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University, New York 

  

Background

What has gone wrong with the EU-Russia energy dialogue? Several years ago this seemed to be, if not flourishing, working relatively well. Energy experts from both sides worked together under a common process in order to develop joint scenarios for future European gas supply-demand outlooks, deal with Ukraine transit and harmonise views on large-scale gas infrastructure projects. A robust energy dialogue between the Russian Federation and the EU seemed quintessential in order to ensure that their voluminous energy trade remained in good health. Yet, as recent comments from senior officials reveal, an effective dialogue at an appropriate level between Moscow and Brussels is nowhere to be seen at the present time. Instead, many voices in Brussels and elsewhere talk of some of Gazprom's new projects (such as Nord Stream II) with disfavour, undermining any sense of common efforts aimed at resolving the energy-related challenges which the EU and Russia collectively face.

These include a better understanding of the role of natural gas in the future EU energy mix, reconciling the relationship between gas and renewables, and thus being in a better position to plan necessary investment in fulfilling European gas supply requirements. Further, while critics in Europe tend to talk down the Nord Stream expansion in an effort to reduce the Continent's dependence on Russia gas, an energy dialogue would likely allow for debate on what we may refer to as the Europeanisation of Russian gas. That is, bringing price competitive Russian gas to the EU border and allowing it to be redistributed unhindered inside the EU energy market — by European shippers and on the basis of Third Energy Package rules. This is not purely to make an argument for Nord Stream expansion. Rather, we are simply demonstrating trends that are already taking place in the European gas markets and further alluding to the commercial incentives that a revived EU-Russia energy dialogue could bring.

Thank you for joining us for this BREC meeting on September 21 when Dr Tatiana Mitrova led a discussion on all of the above-mentioned much more substantially. We "debated it out" with BREC members and guests as to whether life should continue as it is between Russia and Europe, or whether the common energy challenges that we now face together will compel Moscow and Brussels to kick-start the energy dialogue — and to turn challenge into opportunity!

 

Program September 21, 2016: 13.00 — 16.00:

  • Arrival of members and guests leading into light luncheon reception     
  • Welcoming remarks by Dr Bahadir Kaleagasi, Chairman, Brussels Energy Club,
  • Setting out the debate by Dr Marat Terterov, Executive Director, Brussels Energy Club,
  • Presentation by Dr Tatiana Mitrova
  • Roundtable discussion with members and guests of the Brussels Energy Club (NB: the Chatham House Rule will apply).
  • Networking opportunities with the speaker and Club members will follow the interactive discussions

 

Speaker information

Tatiana Mitrova is a Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. She also works as scientific supervisor at the Energy Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ERI RAS), as Visiting Researcher at King Abdulah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) and as Senior Visiting Research Fellow of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES).  Dr. Mitrova has twenty years of experience in the development of Russian and global energy markets, including production, transportation, demand, energy policy, pricing and market restructuring. Since 2013 she was Head of Oil and Gas Department in the Energy Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ERI RAS), responsible for annual "Global and Russian Energy Outlook up to 2040" project, for "Energy Strategy of the Russian Federation up to 2035" and for recommendations to the Energy Ministry on the long-term pricing and taxation policy of the state in the energy sector.

In 2011-2012, Dr. Mitrova was the Head of Global Energy at the SKOLOKOVO Energy Centre, where she was responsible for the analyses of global energy market developments and the energy export and import policy of the Russian Federation.  Beginning in 2006, she was the Head of the Center for International Energy Markets Studies in ERI RAS for 5 years. Dr. Mitrova is a member of the Governmental Commission of the Russian Federation on fuel and energy complex, a member of the EU-Russia Gas Advisory Council and a member of the International Advisory Board for Energy Academy Europe.  Dr. Mitrova is a graduate of Moscow State Universitys Economics Department.  She was an Assistant Professor at Gubkin Oil and Gas University and is currently a Visiting Professor at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) Paris School of International Affairs.  She has more than 120 publications in scientific and business journals and four books.

 

Further information

Thank you for joining us for this BREC meeting on September 21 when Dr Tatiana Mitrova led a discussion on all of the above-mentioned much more substantially. We "debated it out" with BREC members and guests as to whether life should continue as it is between Russia and Europe, or whether the common energy challenges that we now face together will compel Moscow and Brussels to kick-start the energy dialogue — and to turn challenge into opportunity!

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