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“The impact of Nord Stream 2 on European energy security”
Debate: November 28, 2017 - Renaissance Brussels Hotel, Rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Brussels
Registration from 17:30, networking reception with food and drinks from 19:30
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Nord Stream 2 comes to town
Energy Post is glad to be able to offer you an opportunity not just to talk about Nord Stream 2, but to Nord Stream 2.
Paul Corcoran, Chief Financial Officer of Nord Stream 2, will come to Brussels on 28 November for an open exchange about the merits of this hotly debated pipeline project.
He will speak at a panel debate (see full panel below), hosted by Energy Post, on “the impact of Nord Stream 2 on European energy security”.
The timing for our debate could not be better. The European Commission last week, on 8 November, announced a proposal to extend the EU Gas Directive to so-called “import pipelines”, including Nord Stream 2. At the same time, the Commission is asking Member States for a mandate to negotiate an intergovernmental agreement with Russia on Nord Stream 2.
Although the Commission says these moves are “not aimed at preventing the construction of any new gas pipelines”, they would hardly have been made if Nord Stream 2 had not been in the pipeline …
- Michael Stoppard, Chief Strategist for Global Gas at the prestigious consultancy IHS Energy
- Frank Umbach, Research Director at EUCERS, King's College London, and Associate Senior Fellow at the Centre for European Security Strategies (CESS)
- Walter Boltz, internationally renowned advisor on European energy, former Vice-Chair of the ACER Board of Regulators, former VP Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER), and former head Austrian Regulatory Authority E-Control
- Paul Corcoran, Chief Financial Officer, Nord Stream 2
The debate will be moderated by Sonja van Renssen, our long-time EU correspondentand will centre on the following questions:
- How will Nord Stream 2 impact the aimed-for diversification of gas sources and gas supply routes in the EU?
- How will Nord Stream 2 impact gas prices in the EU?
- How dependent is the EU on gas and gas imports and does dependence on gas need to be reduced?
- What will be the impact of Nord Stream 2 on energy security in Ukraine and Central and Eastern Europe?
- How are EU relations with Russia evolving and how does Nord Stream 2 enter into this?
If you are in any way involved in the Nord Stream 2 debate, we hope to welcome you there. Note that entry is free but places are limited. Simply fill out the form above to register.
Energy Post's coverage of the Nord Stream 2 debate
Organising a debate on this important topic has enraged some of our readers who, rather than engaging in the debate, have taken to anonymously accusing Energy Post of being in the pocket of "the Russians"!
Ultimately, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Thus, as you can check for yourself, we have published many articles critical of Nord Stream 2 and Gazprom. Below is an (incomplete, but representative) overview of articles we have published on this topic.
Examples of critical articles:
4 March 2015, Jozef Badida, Interview Andriy Kobolev, CEO Naftogaz: “Gazprom breaches EU law by blocking reverse flow to Ukraine”
23 Nov 2015, Agata Loskot-Strachota, The case against Nord Stream 2 http://energypost.eu/afraid-nord-stream-2/
4 Dec 2015, Alan Riley, Why Nord Stream 2 risks failure http://energypost.eu/nordstream-2-risks-failure/
6 July 2016, Agata Loskot-Strachota, EUGAL: the unknown German branch of Nord Stream 2 will make Germany the key gas hub in Europe http://energypost.eu/eugal-project-unknown-german-branch-nord-stream-2-will-make-germany-key-gas-hub-europe/
11 July 2016, Georg Zachmann, Nord Stream 2: A bad deal for Germany and Eastern Europe http://energypost.eu/nord-stream-2-bad-deal-germany-eastern-europe/
23 Nov 2016, Cyril Widdershoven, EU is losing the energy battle with Russia http://energypost.eu/eu-losing-energy-battle-russia/
16 Nov 2017, Szymon Zareba, The Gas Directive and its application to EU-Third Country pipelines http://energypost.eu/making-the-gas-directive-apply-to-import-gas-pipelines/
We have also published several “neutral” reports on various aspects of the Nord Stream 2 issue:
16 February 2016, Danila Bochkarev, How Russian can make Nord Stream 2 acceptable to the EU http://energypost.eu/russia-can-make-nord-stream-2-acceptable-eu/
14 April 2016, Karel Beckman, Can Nord Stream 2 be stopped? [a report on a debate in the European Parliament with mostly (strong) critics against Nord Stream 2] http://energypost.eu/can-nord-stream-2-stopped/
3 Nov 2016, Justyna Gotkowska and Piotr Szymanski, The Nordic Countries on Nord Stream 2: between scepticism and neutrality [a largely neutral report, written, however, by critics of Nord Stream 2 from the Polish Centre for Eastern Studies) http://energypost.eu/nordic-countries-nord-stream-2-scepticism-neutrality/
28 March 2017, Karel Beckman, Politics and economics clash over Nord Stream 2 [a report on a dinner debate in Brussels with supporters and strong critics of Nord Stream 2] http://energypost.eu/14574-2/
And we have published articles in support of the right of Nord Stream 2 to build a gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea:
23 October 2015, Friedbert Pflüger, Why Brussels should not interfere with Nord Stream 2 http://energypost.eu/brussels-interfere-nord-stream-2/
3 June 2016, Severin Fischer, Nord Stream 2: trust in Europe http://energypost.eu/nord-stream-2-trust-europe/
24 Oct 2016 Karel Beckman, Who is afraid of Nord Stream 2? http://energypost.eu/afraid-nord-stream-2/
5 October 2017 Karel Beckman: Brussels supporters of Nord Stream 2, why do we hear so little about Ukraine? [article not so much about Nord Stream 2, but about corruption in the Ukrainian gas sector] http://energypost.eu/nordic-countries-nord-stream-2-scepticism-neutrality/
13 Nov 2017, Severin Fischer, Lost in Regulation: the EU and Nord Stream 2 http://energypost.eu/lost-in-regulation-the-eu-and-nord-stream-2/
16 Nov 2017, Karel Beckman, The European Commission’s last-ditch effort to stop Nord Stream 2: how likely is it to succeed?