The Energy Infrastructure Forum was inaugurated on 9 - 10 November 2015 in Copenhagen. It was set up to discuss the major issues relating infrastructure and EU energy policy. Electricity and gas transmission infrastructure are key to achieving the completion of the internal market as well as public policy goals such as reducing CO2 emissions and energy security. The next Energy Infrastructure Forum is foreseen for 23 - 24 June 2016.
The Forum brings together, under the Commission's chairmanship, key stakeholders such as the members of the regional groups established for the TEN-E priority corridors (Member States, TSOs, NRAs, project promoters, ENTSO-E, ENTSO-G, ACER and EIB), along with the EU institutions (European Parliament, Committee of the Regions, the Economic and Social Committee who expressed their strong interest) and EU organisations (NGOs).
The Energy Infrastructure Forum is a platform for exchange of views between policy-makers and stakeholders. An open environment allows the Commission to get familiar with the stakeholders' concerns on practical challenges stemming from ambitious EU policy goals and to learn from their expertise. It is aimed at facilitating stakeholders' participation in the policy shaping process and making sure that legislation is goal-oriented, operational and comprehensive.
Previous editions of the Energy Infrastructure Forum
9 November 2015 to 10 November 2015
Location: Moltkes Palae, Copenhagen
This invitation only event saw the launch of the Energy Infrastructure Forum. The Forum was foreseen by the Energy Union package as a key action to advance the development of trans-European energy infrastructure, which is vital to Europe's success in building a secure, competitive and sustainable Energy Union. The inaugural event gathered 200 high level representatives of the EU institutions, EU governments, network operators, industry and other stakeholders to launch the Energy Infrastructure Forum as an annual event in Copenhagen.
Lars Christian Lilleholt, Danish Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate, opened the event. The two-day conference featured four sessions covering gas, electricity, regional cooperation and financing and was closed by the EU Vice President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič, with Minister Lilleholt. A Gala dinner was held on the evening of 9 November focussing on long-term investment in energy infrastructure.