Conference The Role of the Three Seas Initiative in Accelerating the EU Energy Decoupling from Russia

June 7th 2022, 9:30 (for a 10:00 start)

Parliament of Romania, Nicolae Bălcescu hall, entrance C1

Russia’s aggression against Ukraine clearly illustrated the dangers posed by Europe’s dependence on Russia’s sources of energy and led to a major rethinking of the European energy priorities.

The Three Seas Initiative (3SI) can largely contribute to meet this challenge. Countries like Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia have been for more than a decade at the forefront of implementing the EU rules to secure resilience in their energy markets, well ahead of some older EU member states. They can once again demonstrate leadership and prove how the Union can effectively, even if not painlessly, wean itself off from Russia’s energy grip.

The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Bucharest and Expert Forum (EFOR) invite you to an exchange of ideas between decision-makers, stakeholders and experts on how 3SI can contribute to a stronger EU energy policy.

The conference will be fully in English (no interpretation) and streamed live on the platform



Arrival of participants, coffee  9:30 – 10:00


Welcome address   10:00 – 10:10

  • Maciej Lang, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Romania


Opening Panel   10:10 – 10:50

  • Cornel Feruța, Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Plenipotentiary for the 3SI Initiative, Romania
  • Paweł Jabłoński, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Plenipotentiary for the 3SI Initiative, Poland (video message)
  • Dan – Dragoș Dragan, Secretary of State, Ministry of Energy, Romania
  • Ingrid Kressel Vinciguerra, Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to Romania
  • Beata Daszyńska-Muzyczka, President of the Polish State Development Bank (BGK) and Chairperson of the Supervisory Board of the Three Seas Investment Fund (3SIIF)
  • Alan Riley, Global Energy Centre

Moderator: Sorin Ioniţă, President of Expert Forum (EFOR)


Regional energy strategy: Natural Gas   10:50 – 12:00

The Baltic States and Poland have developed a well-functioning gas market, interconnectors and LNG terminals, which allows them to effectively become independent of Gazprom. What lessons can be learned for CEE and the EU? How can Ukraine contribute to the EU gas security?

  • Agata Łoskot-Strachota, energy expert, Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW), Poland (Zoom)
  • Maciej Woźniak, EU Advisor to Moldova Republic state Energocom company
  • Adam Czyżewski, Chief Economist, PKN ORLEN, Poland
  • Christina Verchere, CEO, OMV Petrom (TBC)
  • Anton Antonenko, Vice President, Dixi Group Ukraine (video address or Zoom)
  • Eugenia Gușilov, Director, Romania Energy Centre (ROEC), gas expert


Moderator: Ana Otilia Nuţu, Energy Policy Analyst, Expert Forum (EFOR)


Regional energy strategy: Electricity   12:00 – 13:10

Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, well integrated commercially with the EU electricity market, are not yet technically synchronized with the EU system; this step is planned for 2025. What lessons can be learned from the emergency synchronization of Ukraine and Moldova in March 2022? How can CEE benefit commercially from Ukraine’s synchronization?

  • Zoltan Nagy Bege, Vice-President, Energy Regulator ANRE, Romania
  • Bradley Stilwell, Energy expert, Embassy of the United States of America in Romania
  • Sonya Twohig, ENTSO-E Secretary General (video address / Zoom)
  • Alexandru Săndulescu, EU High Level Advisor on Energy to Moldova
  • Daniela Bolborici, Head of Network Development, Transelectrica, Romania


Moderator: Ana Otilia Nutu, Energy Policy Analyst, Expert Forum (EFOR)

Closing remarks: Polish Embassy representative, Sorin Ioniţă

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