On 2 – 3 June, the World Trade Institute with SC Klaipedos Nafta (the operator of Klaipeda liquefied natural gas terminal), Swiss National Centre in Competence, Trade Regulation (NCCR Trade Regulation) and association ‚Energy Reforms‘ will organize in Vilnius, Lithuania, an international energy forum titled ‚Energy reForum 2016‘.
The forum will bring together leading government representatives, scholars and practitioners from the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Finland, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Ukraine and Lithuania to discuss the recent developments in the EU energy markets as well as challenges related to implementation of infrastructure projects. Participants of the event involve Prof. Thomas Cottier, a chairman / panelist of the WTO disputes and former general director of the World Trade Institute, Minister of Energy of Lithuania Rokas Masiulis, and Prof. Angus Johnston from the University of Oxford.
The Forum will host several side events, among them:
- HEKLA LNG workshop, dedicated to discuss the implementation of infrastructure projects for the development of LNG markets in the Baltic Sea region. SC Klaipedos Nafta is building in the Port of Klaipeda an onshore LNG reloading station. Helsinborg Port (Sweden) has plans to build a liquefaction plant with storage tank;
- NCCR Trade Regulation panel on ‚Energy and Environment‘ in order to discuss the energy markets after adoption of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement;
- A session for young energy experts organized by the World Trade Institute and the Cambridge Centre for Energy, Environment and Natural Resource Governance to enable researchers to present their work in the field of energy.
This is the first of such kind event in Lithuania that lays foundations for academic and business cooperation. It has the objective to provide a platform for discussions important for further energy markets development, as well as to encourage innovations and make policy recommendations of relevance to Baltics and the EU. It will involve young experts to promote young people’s interest in energy.
The forum will discuss the developments in LNG, gas, biofuel, electricity markets. It will overview the most recent developments in energy law and policy in the Baltic States and at the EU level.
This forum is organized in Lithuania so as to mark its most recent achievements in the energy sector. The country has recently undergone a number of reforms in the energy sector that enabled a Baltic nation to secure its energy independence and move from ‚energy politics‘ to the development of ‚energy markets‘.
Among its flagship achievements is the Klaipeda LNG Terminal that brought competition in the gas markets. Just in less than 3 years after implementation of the project Lithuania has managed to diversity its gas supply and significantly reduce its energy independence on third-states.
For more information about the event please visit the website – www.energyreforum2016.lt