EU Energy in Global Transition – Towards More Secure Tomorrow

 

Course date: 1-8 July 2017

The field of energy security is undergoing significant transition marked with global and regional initiatives aimed to go forward a low-carbon, secure and competitive economy and the European Union’s (EU) ambition to take a leading position on this matter. The EU's initiative and continuous determination to create a resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy together with its decisive role in the negotiations towards the Paris Agreement as of December, 2015 and further non-negotiable contribution to its implementation has created a new momentum to bring about the transition to a low-carbon, secure and competitive economy.

After two years of the sustainable development of the Energy Union we witness significant progress made in the field of energy security. And indeed, since the initiative of the Energy Union is launched Lithuania together with its regional partners have made a significant contribution to the achievement of its goals, most important of which are the completion of a fully-interconnected and competitive EU energy market and enhancement of its energy security by the diversification of energy routes and sources. The completion of electricity interconnections with Sweden (NordBalt) and Poland (LitPolLink) in 2015 connected energy systems of the Baltic States with the Western European energy system, strengthened energy independence, contributed to the creation of a single EU electricity market and increased security of supply, while the new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal in Klaipeda (Lithuania) launched also in 2015 for the first time brought supply diversification into the Baltic gas market. Also interconnector between Poland and Lithuania (GIPL) which is now under construction and expected to be completed in 2019 will ensure diversification of gas supply, enables integration of the Baltic States into EU gas market and increase energy security.

The course of Vilnius Summer School 2017 on energy security aims to explore specific aspects of energy transition, namely EU Member States’ efforts to pursue increased interconnectivity, including synchronous operation of Member States with the European Networks, enhanced security of energy supply, nuclear safety within and beyond the borders of the EU and the EU ability to speak with one voice, particularly its bargaining power vis-à-vis third countries and address energy security challenges in the neighboring countries.

Course content

The course consists of the lectures that address the most important aspects of energy security today. The course starts with a general overview of Europe’s energy policy, including its historical origins and current energy policy framework, including progress in creating the Energy Union, particularly main aspects related with EU Internal Energy Market and international energy relations. The course also addresses the challenges the EU is facing today, paying due attention to both - the domestic and external dimensions of EU energy policy area, including the relevance of energy diplomacy between the Member States and third countries in the field of energy. The second part of the course will be dedicated to the Baltic States as the success of good cooperation in achieving EU energy policy goals. In addition to interactive lectures, the course will include a field visit.

AGENDA

ENERGY SECURITY COURSE

TIME LECTURER

DAY 1

SATURDAY, 1 JULY 2017

18.00 – 21.00

Ms Jurgita Jakevičiūtė

Capt. Erikas Kaukas

ORIENTATION | ICE BREAKING SESSION

WELCOME DINNER

Venue: Arts Printing House (Šiltadaržio str. 6, Vilnius )

DAY 2   SUNDAY, 2 JULY 2017
11.00 – 13.30  

GUIDED TOUR AROUND OLD TOWN OF VILNIUS

Meeting Point: tbc

13.30 – 16.00   FREE TIME
16.00 – 17.30   TEAM BUILDING in PUZZLE ROOMS "nepabEXIT"
DAY 3   MONDAY, 3 JULY 2017
09.30 – 10.45  

Mr Vidmantas Macevičius

Vice-Minister of Energy

INTRODUCTION | LITHUANIAN EU ENERGY POLICY PRIORITIES

Venue: Arts Printing House (Šiltadaržio str. 6, Vilnius)

11.00 – 12.15  

LUNCH

Venue: šv. Ignoto str. 6, Vilnius

13.00 – 14.15

Mr Daivis Virbickas, Litgrid CEO

SC Litgrid, Lithuanian electricity transmission system operator

SITE VISIT & LECTURE | Visit to Lithuanian Electricity Transmission System Operator LITGRID dispatch centre & Lecture presented by LITGRID CEO, Daivis Virbickas

Venue: Litgrid (A. Juozapavičiaus st. 13, Vilnius)

14.45 – 16.00

Mr Liudas Ališauskas

JSC Lietuvos Energija

LECTURE | Cyber Attacks On Energy Sector

Venue: Arts Printing House (Šiltadaržio str. 6, Vilnius)

16.15 – 17.30 LECTURE | PRACTICAL SESSION & DISCUSSION
17.30 – 19.00

Ms Rimantė Ribačiauskaitė

Head of Startup Lithuania

OPEN SESSION | Startups’ Buisiness Opportunities in Lithuania

Venue: Arts Printing House (Šiltadaržio str. 6, Vilnius)

DAY 4   TUESDAY, 4 JULY 2017
10.00 – 11.15

Dr Giedrius Česnakas

Vytautas Magnus University

LECTURE | Evolution of Energy Security and its Violations

Venue: Arts Printing House (Šiltadaržio str. 6, Vilnius)

11.30 – 12.45 LECTURE |Energy Resources as Foreign Policy Instruments
12.45 – 14.00  

LUNCH

Venue: šv. Ignoto str. 6, Vilnius

14.00 – 15.15

Dr Giedrius Česnakas

Vytautas Magnus University

 

LECTURE | Energy Security of the Baltic States and Their Cooperation in the Area
15.30 – 16.45 PRACTICAL SESSION & DISCUSSION
17.30 – 19.00

 Ms Rasa Juknevičienė

Member of Lithuanian Parliament

 

OPEN SESSION | Strengthening National Resilience Against Hybrid Threats

Venue: Arts Printing House (Šiltadaržio str. 6, Vilnius)

DAY 5   WEDNESDAY, 5 JULY 2017
10.00 – 11.15  

LECTURE | The Growing LNG Market and the International Success of the Recruitment of Lithuanian Competences

Venue: Arts Printing House (Šiltadaržio str. 6, Vilnius)

11.30 – 12.45 LECTURE | Regional Socio-Economic Benefits of LNG Terminal in Klaipėda
12.45 – 14.00  

LUNCH

Venue: šv. Ignoto str. 6, Vilnius

14.00 – 15.15

Dr Artūras Petkus

NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence

LECTURE | NATO’s Role in Energy Security: Civil/Military Approach

Venue: Arts Printing House (Šiltadaržio str. 6, Vilnius)

15.30 – 16.45 LECTURE | NATO ENSEC COE Activities in Energy Security
17.30 – 19.00   OPEN SESSION | MEETING WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF UNIVERSITIES (tbc)
DAY 6  

  THURSDAY, 6 JULY 2017

    STATEHOOD DAY | FREE DAY
DAY 7   FRIDAY, 7 JULY 2017
10.00 – 11.15

Ms Kristina Rimkūnaitė

JSC Litgas, Lithuanian natural gas supplier and trader

LECTURE | Enhancing Energy Security in the EU Gas and Electricity Markets

Venue: Arts Printing House (Šiltadaržio str. 6, Vilnius)

11.30 – 12.45 LECTURE | Indigenous Generation Capacity in the Individual EU Member States
12.45 – 14.00  

LUNCH

Venue: šv. Ignoto str. 6, Vilnius

14.00 – 15.15

Ms Kristina Rimkūnaitė

JSC Litgas, Lithuanian natural gas supplier and trader

LECTURE | Importance of Regional Cooperation Ensuring an Uninterrupted Power Supply to Consumers: Lithuania‘s Experience in the Implementation of Projects of Common Interest
15.30 – 16.45 LECTURE | Nord Stream, South Stream, Turk Stream – Increasing or Reducing EU Energy Security?
18.00 – 19.00  

FINAL REMARKS |AWARDING CEREMONY

Venue: Arts Printing House (Šiltadaržio str. 6, Vilnius)

20.00  

FAREWELL PARTY

Venue: Vilnius Old Town (tbc)

DAY 8   SATURDAY, 8 JULY 2017
    DEPARTURE

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