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20.03.2007 » Pressrelease » Solar Energy
Joint Conference by the European Commission

The European Commission and ERGEG are hosting a joint conference "The Regional Initiatives - Progress and prospects " on 28 March in Brussels.

We have received a number of requests from persons seeking to be invited. In the interest of openness and transparency, there is an open invitation for any party interested in participating in the conference to be placed on a reserve list.

How to get on the reserve list for the Regional Initiatives Conference ?
Send an e-mail (before 23 March) to, marked "Regional Initiatives conference reserve list", stating your name, company and title.

Capacity is limited - thus in the interest of fairness, the number of seats allocated to any given organisation may be restrict ed. For the avoidance of doubt, the reserve list does not guarantee you a place at the conference.

All persons who request to participate in the conference will be notified by Monday, 25 March (at the latest), on whether or not you have a seat at the conference.

Joint Conference by the European Commission and ERGEG
Wednesday 28 March 2007
Albert Borschette Conference Centre, room 0A, 36 rue Froissart, B-1040 Brussels

09.00 – 09.30 Registration
09.30 – 09.45
Welcome Address
Promoting competitive EU energy markets through regulatory tools
Sir John Mogg, ERGEG Chair
09.45 – 10.00 Removing the barriers to an Internal Energy Market
Mrs. Angelika Niebler, Member of European Parliament, Chair of ITRE Committee
10.00 – 10.15 Market Integration – A key to an Internal Energy Market Mr. Fabrizio Barbaso European Commission, Deputy Director General, DG TREN

Session 1
Regional Initiatives – progress in the regions Session Chairman : Mr. Fabrizio Barbaso European Commission, Deputy Director General, DG TREN
10.15 – 10.35 Status report of the Electricity
Regional Initiative Mrs. Asta Sihvonen-Punkka, ERGEG Electricity Focus Group Chair
10.35 – 10.45 Parallel local initiatives – Central West electricity region and the Pentelateral Forum Mr. Dominique Woitrin, CREG, Belgium
10.45 – 10.55 Questions
10.55 – 11.10 Coffee Break
11.10 – 11.30 Status report of the Gas Regional
Initiative Mr. Walter Boltz, ERGEG Gas Focus Group Chair
11.30 – 11.40 Congestion Management Mr. Alessandro Ortis, AEEG, Italy
11.40 – 11.50 Questions

11.50 – 12.25 Roundtable Discussion:
The regional market approach – a vehicle for change in gas Roundtable Chairman: Mr. Matthias Kurth BNetzA, Germany
Panel (5 min statements by panellists will be followed by moderated discussion) Selected gas topics in the regions: Major obstacles to the development of gas hubs South gas region Mr. Peter Plug, DTe, The Netherlands Mr. Raϊl Yunta, CNE, Spain From 3 gas regions to a single gas market Mr. Dieter Pfaff, Eurogas Measuring progress of the Regional Initiatives on the ground Mr. Colin Lyle, EFET
12.25 – 13.00 Roundtable Discussion:
The regional market approach – a vehicle for change in electricity Roundtable Chairman: Mr. Philippe de Ladoucette, CRE, France
Panel (5 min statements by panellists will be followed by moderated discussion)
Selected electricity topics in the regions:
Day ahead market coupling on German-Danish interconnectors Mr. Finn Dehlbaek, DERA (Denmark) Can the Regional Initiatives deliver results before the European industry is restructured? Mr. Gunnar Lundberg, EURELECTRIC Reaching out to customers Mr. Peter Claes, IFIEC How do central European countries benefit from improved regional cooperation? Mr. Zbyněk Boldiš, ČEPS, (Czech Electricity TSO)
13.00 – 14.30 Lunch Break

Session 2
Regional Initiatives – a stepping stone to a European energy market Session Chairman : Mrs. Ursula Borak, Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU 14.30 – 14.50 Strategic Energy Review – what’s next? Mr. Andris Piebalgs, EU Energy Commissioner 14.50 – 15.10 An appetite for new energy legislation Mrs. Eluned Morgan, Member of European Parliament
15.10 – 15.25 Coffee Break
15.25 – 16.15 Roundtable Discussion: What’s needed for further market integration? Roundtable Chairman: Mr. Heinz Hilbrecht, European Commission, Director, DG TREN Panel (5 min statements by panellists will be followed by moderated discussion) What is needed in Europe? Mr. Claude Turmes,
Member of European Parliament How do the Regional Initiatives fit into the overall picture? – convergence and consistency Mr. David Halldearn, ERGEG
The central role of the network operators Mr. Jacques Laurelut, GIE A European Grid in practice Mr. Daniel Dobbeni, ETSO
16.15 – 16.30 Closing Remarks Mr. Christopher Jones, Deputy Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Piebalgs Sir John Mogg, ERGEG Chair

Should you have any questions on the conference programme, contact:
Ms. Marie-Christine Jalabert, or Ms. Fay Geitona,
Directorate-General for Energy and Transport CEER
Tel. + 32 2-295.12.44 Tel. + 32 2-788.73.32 or


European Regulators Group for Electricity and Gas (ERGEG)
Una Shortall

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