3rd Energy Forum (2008)
Budapest 27-29 October, 2008



The Third Energy FORUM


Under the high patronage of the President of the Republic of Hungary, Laszlo Solyom


Recent developments have put energy issues at the forefront of public policy discussions in the European Union, and in Central Eastern Europe (CEE) in particular. As historically high and volatile prices, climate change related concerns, sustainable development, rapid technological change, and national security considerations converge, CEE is facing many important strategic decisions that could have long lasting implications for its economic and political development. The Energy Forum series is becoming the key venue in CEE for exchange of ideas and open debate about these issues between political and business leaders in Central Eastern Europe, including ministers and heads of state. This year, the Forum will focus on the key energy challenges of the region and how the region might influence EU policy.


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October 27

Arrival of the participants /registration (about 200 guests)

Opening discussion and reception

October 28

Welcoming remarks of Laszlo Solyom, President of Hungary, Patron of the Forum

I. Plenary session: Energy as a Factor of Stability and Security

II. Panel discussions

  • What is the Right Balance between Economic, Political and Environmental Considerations in Energy Policy?
  • Where to Focus: EU-centered or Regional Cooperation in Managing Dependence?
  • Assessment of National Energy Strategies in Central Eastern Europe

Lunch co-hosted by H.E. Siri Ellen Sletner, Ambassador of Norway, Zsolt Németh Chairman (Fidesz) and Vilmos Szabó (MSZP) Vice-Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly, Hungary

  • Energy Security and Climate Change: Two Sides of the Same Coin
  • Unconventional Energy in Europe and its Impact on Energy Security
  • EU and Russia: Bilateral Relations in the Energy Context

Gala dinner in the Hungarian Parliament. Co-hosted by H.E. Joanna Stempinska, Ambassador of Poland and Katalin Szili, Speaker of the National Assembly, Hungary

October 29

I. Plenary session: European Neighborhood and Energy Policy

II. Panel discussions

  • Solving the Prisoner's Dilemma – New Sources and Routes for Natural Gas and Crude Oil
  • Competition and Energy Security: Is There a Trade-Off?
  • The Future of Nuclear Power
  • The Role of Alternative Sources in the Energy Mix

III. Final remarks

The Energy Forum is the largest and most comprehensive conference on energy in Central Eastern Europe. Previous events have attracted all key stakeholders, including politicians, businesspeople and advocacy groups, from the region as well as Russia, Central Asia, the European Union and the Unites States.


Conference venue: Ybl-Palace, Address: 12 Károlyi M. Street, H-1053 Budapest,

Accommodation: Mercure Hotel Korona (****) Address:  Budapest, Kecskemeti u.14.


Forum Partners



One of the biggest oil industry corporations dealing with oil processing in Central-Eastern Europe. It oversees seven refineries in Poland, the Czech Republic and Lithuania. Integrated refinery-chemical complex in P³ock belongs to the most modern and efficient objects of this type in Europe. The total processing capacity of ORLEN is 31.7 million tons of oil a year. PKN ORLEN has the biggest Central Europe’s network of filling stations located in Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic and Lithuania (2 775 stations).  


  ENERGA Group is one of the four Polish electric power holdings. Its headquarter is based in Gdañsk. The main area  of the group’s activity is production, distribution, trade and  transmission of the power. ENERGA serves over 2.7 mln customers supplying electricity to the households of more than 7 mln Polish along with over 200 thousand companies. It is an operator of the distribution system on the total area of 75 thousand km2. ENERGA Group is a dependable employer for over 12.5 thousand people.

MOL Plc. is a leading independent, international and integrated oil and gas company in Central-Eastern Europe, headquartered in Budapest. MOL Group has a market capitalization of over USD 14.5 bn as of 30 June 2008, has operations in Europe, Middle East, Africa and the CIS member states and it employs over 15.000 people worldwide. MOL also owns 3 highly complex refineries in Hungary, Slovakia and Italy and according to Wood Mackenzie global survey MOL's refineries in Hungary and in Slovakia are the most efficient refineries in Europe. MOL operates over 1000 filling stations in Central and South Eastern Europe. At the end of 2007 MOL had 340.6 million boe P1+P2 hydrocarbon reserves (according to SPE guidelines) and 90.4 thousand boe/day hydrocarbon production. MOL Group also operates over 5,000 km high pressure natural gas pipeline network in Hungary and is involved in the petrochemical business as well. 


  WSEInfoEngine S.A.company was established in 2004 year.  Mission of the company is contributing for implementing principles and values of Corporate Governance by increasing the action transparency of companies, as well as increasing realization of shareholders’ rights by themselves. InfoEngine S.A. it the oldest on the Polish market company concerning webcasting, supporting Good Practice of companies listed on WSE and improving Investor Relations through modern information politics technologies with range of the activity on all Europe. Transmissions subjects is closely connected with the capital market, the economic and business environment. Experiencing in the cooperation with the companies quoted on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, the largest foundations and with associations let achieve the highest level of offered services. InfoEngine S.A. activity is also an events organization, the conferences and realization of advertising video albums in the own studio.

Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd. is a global energy company that is focused on acquiring, exploring and developing large acreage positions of unconventional and conventional oil and gas resources in politically and economically stable countries that are characterized by a high regional demand for energy, and an existing infrastructure that permits rapid delivery of oil and gas to market.     




TXM Oil and Gas Exploration Ltd. is the Hungarian subsidiary of Falcon Oil & Gas carrying out exploration in Southeastern Hungary's Mako Through. 



Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) is a German political foundation bearing the name of the first Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. Konrad Adenauer's principles serve as a precept, a mission and an obligation to the organization. The foundation that also operates as a think tank and a consulting agency organizes conferences, supports talented youth, and hosts exhibitions with the help of 16 education institutes in Germany and more than 200 projects worldwide to fulfil their mission since more than fifty years. The foundation's key concerns include consolidating democracy, promoting the unification of Europe, intensifying transatlantic relations, and development-policy cooperation. KAS is engaged in Hungary since 1990.     

Embassy of Norway

Embassy of Poland 

Embassy of the United States of America

Foreign Affairs Comittee of the Hungarian National Assembly


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