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The European Energy Union – its impact and consequences on civil society in Bulgaria

Conference - 9.30 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. - Sofia Hotel Balkan, Sofia, Bulgaria

The Energy Union has been identified as one of the key priorities of the current European Commission under its president Jean-Claude Juncker. This ambitious policy programme – which aims to create a European energy system that delivers secure, sustainable, competitive and affordable energy to Europe's citizens – was launched in February 2015 and has already resulted in various policy initiatives, with the pace of delivery being expected to increase further in 2016 and subsequent years. Given the scale of the challenges faced by decision-makers in the energy sector, from decarbonising economies to reducing import dependence, and the ambitiousness of the Energy Union programme, it is extremely important to promote an open dialogue between governments, EU institutions, citizens and organised civil society about the impact and challenges of Energy Union policies and the energy transition in Europe.

This event – organised jointly by the European Economic and Social Committee and the Economic and Social Council of the Republic of Bulgaria – aims to put the spotlight on the specific case of Bulgaria, how the country's energy sector could be affected by the Energy Union and how it can benefit from the programme. It brings together high-profile representatives of key EU institutions, national governments and regulators, civil society organisations, and experts.

Please contact for further information: EnergyUnion-Sofia@eesc.europa.eu