The crisis in Ukraine, the shale revolution in the US, and EU energy security
Frankfurter Allgemeine Forum and the Munich Security Conference anticipate high-ranking guests at "Energy Security Summit 2014" in Berlin (27/28 May).
Frankfurt on the Main/Munich – The "Energy Security Summit" takes place on 27 and 28 May 2014 in Berlin. The Munich Security Conference and Frankfurter Allgemeine Forum have invited international decision-makers to discuss secure energy supply for Europe under the patronage of the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel.
The shale revolution emanating from the United States and the crisis in Ukraine has caused energy policy, energy security, and energy supply to move right to the top of the agenda of national and international politics. The shale revolution and rising global geopoliticisation of the supply of energy influence global energy markets, economic centres, and our security interests increasingly, while demand for energy grows sharply all over the world.
Co-chaired by Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, chairman of the Munich Security Conference, and Günther Nonnenmacher, editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the "Energy Security Summit" will focus on these developments and the resulting geostrategic implications in the context of secure energy supply in the future. The consequences of power politics and competitiveness will be addressed in the same way as a sustainable European supply strategy.
This year's "Energy Security Summit" will be launched on the evening of 27 May 2014 by EU Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger and CEO of EnBW AG, Frank Mastiaux, with keynote speeches on current and strategic issues of European energy security.
The main conference day on 28 May 2014 focuses on the Ukraine crisis with a presentation by Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Jatsenyuk, who will speak about the current political situation in his country following the presidential elections. In this context, shifts in power in Central and Eastern Europe in terms of energy strategy will also be spoken about. This is discussed by Minister of the Environment of the Republic of Poland, Maciej H. Grabowski, Chairman of the Committee for Energy at the Russian State Duma, Ivan Dmitrievich Grachev, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, Carlos Pascual, and Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs at the German Bundestag, Norbert Röttgen, amongst others. Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier will then give a keynote speech on energy supply security in Europe.
Next to the global impact of the U.S. shale revolution and a debate on new energy markets, the discussion also focuses on new and alternative energy resources for Europe. This is spoken about by Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Nechirvan Idris Barzani, the Ministers for Energy of Algeria, Youcef Yousfi, Lithuania, Jaroslav Neverovič, and Romania, Răzvan-Eugen Nicolescu, Turkey's Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Hasan Murat Mercan, Georgia's Minister of Defence, Irakli Alasania, as well as Vice-President at the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan, Elshad Nassirov, CEO Power Transmission Division, the energy sector at Siemens, Udo Niehage, and former CEO of the French energy group Areva, Anne Lauvergeon, amongst others.
Other speakers at the "Energy Security Summit 2014" include:
• Uwe Karl Beckmeyer, MdB, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Federal Republic of Germany
• Reinhard Bütikofer, MEP, Vice-Chairman of the Greens/EFA in the European Parliament, Brussels
• Christoph Frei, Secretary General at the World Energy Council, London
• Jürgen Grossmann, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the RAG Foundation
• Jan Hamáček, President of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic
• Markus Kerber, Managing Director at the Federation of German Industries (BDI)
• Friedbert Pflüger, Director, European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS)
• Paul van Son, CEO, Dii – Desertec Industrial Initiative
• Alf Henryk Wulf, CEO, Alstom Deutschland
• Brigitte Zypries, MdB, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Federal Republic of Germany
Corporate partners of the "Energy Security Summit" are the Deutsche Börse Group,
Siemens AG, and TouGas Oilfield Solutions.
About the Munich Security Conference and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Forum
The Munich Security Conference (MSC) is the world's foremost independent forum for the decision makers of international security policy to exchange views. Each year, it offers high-level attendees from around the world a forum for intensive dialogue about the current and future challenges of security policy, as well as the peaceful resolution of conflicts.
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.
Information for accredited media representatives
Tuesday 27 May 2014, 7.00 p.m. (summit opens with evening reception)
Admittance from 6.15 p.m. onwards
Venue: F.A.Z. Atrium, Mittelstraße 2-4, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Wednesday 28 May 2014 at 7.30 a.m. (day of the summit)
Admittance from 7.00 a.m.
Venue: ESMT – European School of Management and Technology, Berlin, Schloßplatz 1, 10178 Berlin
Please direct any questions regarding accreditation to
Munich Security Conference
Phone: +49 893 7979-49 21