Energy Academy Europe organises Energy Debate with Maroš Sefčovič, Vice President of the European Commission charged with the Energy Union
On Friday May 29th, Dr. Maroš Sefčovič, Vice President of the European Commission and responsible for the European ‘Energy Union’, will visit the north-Netherlands region. As part of his programme Energy Academy Europe is organising a unique “Energy Debate” in which Dr. Sefčovič will answer questions and enter into discussion with students. The Energy Debate will be led by Max Westerman, journalist and former US-correspondent for RTL Nieuws and other outlets.
The Energy Debate focusses on the latest developments in European energy policy and the plans of the European Union for the energy market of the future. Those plans envisage a single integrated European energy market (the ‘Energy Union’), to ensure a secure, affordable, competitive and sustainable energy supply to consumers and businesses. The completion of the Energy Union is one of the 10 priorities of the new European Commission, which took office on November 1st 2014.
The Energy Union fits in with the long term climate target of the EU to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% below the 1990 level by 2030. The Energy Union will contribute to this target by facilitating an energy transition in which, by 2030, 27% of energy consumption comes from renewable sources.
Maroš Sefčovič grew up in Slovakia where he graduated in Economics and in Law. He began his career as advisor to the Slovak deputy minister of Foreign Affairs. He has been active in the European Union since 1997. As a member of the European Commission he has previously been in charge of ‘Education, Training, Culture and Youth’ and later of ‘Interinstitutional Relations and Administration’ and ‘Health and Consumer Policy’. He has been in charge of the Energy Union since November 1st 2014.
Dr. Sefčovič has never before visited the Netherlands, which makes this debate a unique opportunity to enter into discussion with him.
The Energy Debate will take place in the Blue Hall of the Duisenberg building, Nettelbosje 2 at the Zernike Campus in Groningen. Doors will open at 15:00 and close at 15.15. The debate will start at 15:30 and end at 16:15. Afterwards drinks will be served at a networking event.
Because of the limited number of places, registration for the Energy Debate is required. To register, please visit the website of Energy Academy Europe www.energyacademy.org.