Energy Security Summit 2015 - Crises and Prices: Energy Security Amidst Multiple Uncertainties [Updated on May 5]

On May 6-7, 2015, the Energy Security Summit of Frankfurter Allgemeine Forum and the Munich Security Conference will take place for the third time in Berlin. In the light of multiple international crises and conflicts, national and international decision-makers from politics and the private sector will discuss current challenges of energy security under the heading "Crises and Prices: Energy Security Amidst Multiple Uncertainties."

Under the patronage of Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel, this year's ESS covers the impact of the Ukraine crisis and the oil price volatility.

Burning energy issues - high-ranking speakers

The ESS 2015 will be launched on the evening of May 6 by the Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for the Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič, the President at the Federation of German Industries (BDI), Ulrich Grillo, and State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Rainer Baake, on current and strategic issues of European energy security as well as challenges of a European Energy Union.


The main conference day on May 7 begins with a view on the energy-strategic implications of the Ukraine crisis which will be kicked-off by the State Secretary of the German Federal Foreign Office, Stephan Steinlein, and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs from Ukraine, Olena Zerkal. The following debate will be moderated by Jane Harman, former U.S. congresswoman and President and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson Center and will feature the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs at the German Bundestag, Norbert Röttgen, the Chairman of the Committee for Energy at the Russian State Duma, Ivan Dmitrievich Grachev, the Secretary General of the Energy Charter Treaty, Urban Rusnák and the CEO of the Ukrainian Oil and Gas company Naftogaz, Andriy Kobolyev.

The summit continues with a discussion on the consequences of the oil price drop with Mohammed bin Hamad Al Rumhy, Minister of Oil and Gas of Oman, Amos Hochstein, U.S. Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, and Marie-Jose Nadeau, Chairwoman of the World Energy Council, amongst others.

As part of the ESS 2015, there will also be a "live interview" with Iranian oil minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, in which Iran's economic and energy policy perspectives after the progress in the nuclear talks in Lausanne will figure prominently.

The green competitiveness and strategic sustainability of European energy markets will be at the center of a debate featuring the Executive Director of Greenpeace, Kumi Naidoo, and the Chairwoman of the Committee on the Environment at the German Bundestag, Bärbel Höhn. The ESS will also focus on new energy markets and alternative energy resources for Europe, including a debate with the Minister for Energy and Industry from Azerbaijan, Natiq Aghaami oglu Aliyev, the Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation, Kirill Molodtsov, and Volkmar Pflug, Head of Market and Competitive Intelligence at Siemens AG, amongst others.

The Corporate Partners of the ESS 2015 are Siemens AG und SOCAR.

Live from the ESS 2015

The speeches and panel discussions on Wednesday, May 7, will be streamed live via (in English & German) and (in German). After the summit you will find full videos of the debates in our MSC media library.

We will keep you updated with news, photos, and highlights from the summit on Facebook, Twitter and Storify. The Twitter hashtag for the ESS is #EnerSec15. Join the discussion!

Additional information and a preliminary program Initiates file downloadcan be accessed here (PDF).

Notes for media representatives

Media representatives with a focus on foreign, energy, or security policy with a current editorial assignment are invited to participate at the Energy Security Summit 2015.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 7.00 pm (conference opening and evening reception)
Admission: 6.15 pm onwards; Place: F.A.Z. Atrium, Mittelstraße 2-4, 10117 Berlin

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 9.00 am (conference day)
Admission: 8.00 am onwards; Place: ESMT – European School of Management and Technology, Berlin, Schloßplatz 1, 10178 Berlin


Please register* for the event on the MSC homepage until May 5, 2015 at

Please contact the MSC press office in case of further questions regarding accreditation:
Tel.: +49 893 7979-49 21

About the Munich Security Conference and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Forum

Over the past five decades the Munich Security Conference (MSC) has become a key annual gathering for the international "strategic community." Since its foundation in 1963 as "Internationale Wehrkunde-Begegnung," the MSC has been an independent forum dedicated to promoting peaceful conflict resolution and international cooperation and dialogue in dealing with today’s and future security challenges. It has especially focused on the transatlantic partnership. In addition to the traditional annual conference in Munich in early February, the MSC has developed smaller formats, including, in particular, MSC Core Group Meetings and Cyber Security Summits, to discuss key challenges in international security policy in different capitals around the world.

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Forum specialises in planning and conducting international conferences that address issues covered by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.). With the assistance of the F.A.Z. editorial team, the Forum holds engaging events covering a wide range of interdisciplinary and innovative topics.

*) Please note: To complete the registration process the following information are required: title, name, surname, date of birth, place of birth, medium/organisation, and function/position. This information is required by the Federal Criminal Police Office under §§ 22, 5 and 21 Para. 1 S. 2 BKAG under German law, due to the presence of high-level participants. Please note that an accreditation after May 5 can cause longer waiting periods on site on May 6/7.

30 April 2015, by MSC