BREC Christmas gala event on prevailing European energy security challenges
16 December 2015, 1 - 6 PM CET
TUSIAD Avenue des Gaulois 13, Brussels 1040
In the present day and age, when we think of European energy security, we think Gazprom. Love it or hate it, the Russian gas giant is, for many of us, both scourge and partner of the Europeans at the same time. European energy experts monitor Gazprom's external activities with bated breath. None more so than St. Petersburg-based Dr. Jack Sharples: who has emerged as one of Europe's top "Gazprom watchers" via his multiple years of authorship of the Gazprom Monitor monthly reports and annual reviews published by the Brussels-based website, European Geopolitical Forum (EGF). This autumn, the second edition of the Gazprom Monitor Annual Review was released to energy security-conscious Europeans, and Dr. Sharples presented the core findings of this 2015 Annual Review in the BREC format. Dr. Sharples' presentation of the Review, a study that closely follows Gazprom's external activities for the past 12 months, was based on the structure of the Review itself. It covered the following topics:
Gazprom and the EU gas market
The EU antitrust investigation into Gazprom
Gazprom and Ukraine
Gazprom and the Asia-Pacific market
During his presentation Dr. Sharples offered his assessment with respect to each of these topics based on the Gazprom Monitor Annual Review for the past year. He then offered his prognosis on what European energy security watchers can likely expect as we look forward to the ensuing 12 months. Given the high stakes involved in Gazprom's role in the European energy security reckoning, we enjoyed a lively discussion to cap off an eventful year for all of us associated with the Brussels Energy Club. Extracts of the Gazprom Monitor Annual Review for 2015 can be found here. Program :
Welcoming remarks by Dr. Bahadir Kaleagasi, Chairman, Brussels Energy Club,
Introduction of the EGF Gazprom Monitor Annual Review for 2015 by Dr. Marat Terterov, Executive Director, Brussels Energy Club,
Ppresentations of the Annual Review for 2015 by Dr. Jack Sharples, inclusive of supporting interventions from discussant-experts and further reflections from meeting participants (NB: the Chatham House Rule will apply).
The format for the afternoon was as follows: three consecutive presentations-discussions of the first three topics of the Annual Review as outlined above, followed by a networking coffee break, which was then followed by a further three presentations.
A cocktail reception and networking opportunities with the speaker and Club members & guests followed at the end of the interactive discussions