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Please join the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center for the 6th Annual Central and Eastern European Energy Security Conference on June 10th at 8 AM EST | 2 PM CEST. The Atlantic Council Central and Eastern European Energy Security Conference is the leading platform highlighting key energy and sustainability issues and opportunities in the region. For the sixth edition of the conference, government and private sector leaders will discuss transatlantic cooperation on Central and Eastern European energy transition and post COVID-19 economic recovery, with a special focus on regional energy security.  This event is held in cooperation with the Polish Presidency of the Visegrád Group.

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CEE Energy Security Conference Agenda

8:00 am

Welcoming Remarks

Amb. Richard Morningstar, Founding Chairman, Global Energy Center, Atlantic Council; Former US Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan; Former US Ambassador to the European Union

8:10 a.m.

Keynote remarks from H.E. Ditte Juul Jørgensen

H.E. Ditte Juul Jørgensen, Director General, Energy of the European Commission

8:25 a.m.

Reaching Net-zero in CEE: key challenges and opportunities

Peter Arp, Vice President, Supply and Originations Projects East, Gas Supply and Originations, Uniper


Patrik Krizansky, Director,Slovak Electric Vehicle Association

David Livingston
, Senior Advisor, Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate

Melissa Simpson
Director for Global Government Affairs, Sempra Energy

MODERATOR: Dr. Joanna Mackowiak Pandera
, CEO, Forum Energii

9:30 a.m.

Special Remarks from Minister Michał Kurtyka

H.E. Michał Kurtyka, Minister of Climate and Environment of the Republic of Poland

9:45 a.m.

3SI and the role of energy infrastructure and natural gas in decarbonization and diversification in CEE

Matthew Boyse, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, US State Department


E. Scott Chrisman, Vice President, Marketing, Tellurian


Alexander Whittington, International Affairs, Cheniere

Amb. Dora Zombori
, Ambassador-at-Large for Energy and Climate for the republic of  Hungary

Amb. Richard Morningstar, Founding Chairman, Global Energy Center; Former US Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan; Former US Ambassador to the European Union

10:45 a.m.

Building partnerships through nuclear cooperation in CEE

H.E. Václav Bartuska, Ambassador-at-Large for Energy Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic


David Durham, President, Energy Systems Westinghouse Electric Company

Andrea Lockwood
, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Africa, Middle East, Europe and Eurasia, Office of International Affairs US Department of Energy


H.E. Piotr Naimski, Secretary of State in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland, Government Plenipotentiary for Strategic Energy Infrastructure


MODERATOR: Dr. Jennifer GordonManaging Editor and Senior Fellow, Global Energy Center, Atlantic Council

11:30 a.m.
11:45 a.m.

Securing Critical Electric Infrastructure amidst the energy transition

Kurt Donnelly, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Energy Resources, US State Department

Peter Dovhun
, CEO, Slovak Electricity Transmission System

Eryk Kłossowski
, CEO & President, Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne (PSE)

Rokas Masiulis
, Director General, Litgrid

MODERATOR: Olga Khakova
Associate Director, Global Energy Center, Atlantic Council

12:30 p.m.

Cities: On the Frontlines of the energy transition

Ada Ámon, Chief Advisor to the Mayor of Budapest on Climate Affairs at Budapest City Hall; Head of Budapest’s climate department

Lolita Jackson
, Executive Director of Communications & Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Development Capital, LLP

MODERATOR: David Koranyi,
City Diplomacy Advisor for Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony;Sustainable Energy Policy Advisor, United Nations; Nonresident Senior Fellow for Energy Diplomacy, Atlantic Council

1:00 p.m.

Closing remarks

Randy Bell, Director, Global Energy Center, Atlantic Council; Richard Morningstar Chair for Global Energy Security


Amb. Piotr Wilczek, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to the United States


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