Burisma Group, which owns assets in Ukraine, Italy, Kazakhstan, His Serene Highness Prince of Monaco Albert II (Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation) and Electric Marathon International company co-organized the largest forum on energy security in Europe – Energy Security for the Future: New sources, Responsibility, Sustainability.
The event took place on June 2 in Monte Carlo (Monaco) and became the most ambitious European project on energy security issues and alternative energy sources promotion. The forum was attended by more than 200 guests, including European politicians, owners of Europe’s largest energy companies, energy experts and journalists.
The Forum was inaugurated by His Serene Highness the Prince of Monaco, Albert II. In his speech he emphasized the importance of the alternative energy sources development and called the Forum’s topic “crucial” for the secure future of modern European states.
This is the first international initiative on energy security that is focused on the popularization of alternative energy sources in Europe. The first Forum in Monaco promises to become the largest public institution of green diplomacy in continental Europe, supporting clear and equal dialogue between states, governments, business, and civil society about the necessity of transitioning to new ecological standards of vital activity, and the use of renewable energy sources for economic life.
“Energy security planning has to be done in a long-term perspective. We should pay more attention to the renewable energy sources that would enable getting cheap energy without polluting the environment, “- admitted the Prince of Monaco Albert II.
Among the speakers of the Forum there were such respectable European politicians as Aleksander Kwaśniewski (President of Poland 1995-2005), Joschka Fischer (Vice-Chancellor of Germany 1998-2005), Andris Piebalgs (EU Commissioner for Energy, 2004 and 2009), TJ Glautier (US Vice-Secretary of Energy 1999-2001, President of TJG Energy Associates), Hunter Biden (Independent director of Burisma), Ireneusz Bil (Director of Amicus Europae, the Foundation of Aleksander Kwaśniewski), Jean-Arnold Vinois (European Commission representative on Energy Policy issues) and other honored guests.
“Traditionally, energy security is seen as a part of political security. Today, it is very important for Ukraine to cooperate with Europe, and the progress in this field has already been made. Ukraine has a huge potential in using renewable energy sources”, – admitted Joschka Fischer.
Speakers expressed their support for Ukraine and Europe, on their way to energy independence and renewable energy development.
“It is such a unique occasion, when a Forum managed to unite different people of different social status over the idea of energy security in Europe. International Forum, organized by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and Burisma Group, isn’t just an attempt to attract socially responsible businesses and civil society to address this issue, it’s also an opportunity to provide a discussion platform for a wide range of ideas, which will result in a comprehensive, long-term and substantial work on a new strategy for energy security in Europe”, – admitted Nikolay Zlochevskyi, businessman and the president of the Burisma Group.
According to Aleksander Kwaśniewski, independent director of Burisma, the subject of energy security is relevant for Ukraine and the whole world. Lack of energy can make some countries vulnerable and become a XXI century weapon for others.
“The topic of the Forum is very important, as energy is a key factor not only today, but it will also remain a key factor in the future. The modern history is changing as fast as never before. I hope that Burisma will continue to support such initiatives, “- admitted Aleksander Kwaśniewski.
“It is the first European initiative on energy security, and one of its main tasks will be alternative energy sources promotion. Being the largest independent gas producer in Ukraine, the company found itself on the European “front line” when facing political and economic dependence on one energy supplier. Besides, Burisma is a socially responsible company which actively invests in the development of new and clean energy producing technologies. Today, our competences in drilling deep wells enables to successfully provide Europeans with cheap and clean energy on an industrial scale”, – says Vadym Pozharskyi, Advisor to the Board of Directors at Burisma.
Energy Security Forum also became a platform for the presentation of the English version of Mission Ukraine, a book written by a Polish author, Maciej Olchawa. The publication reflects the vision of the European Community and Ukraine’s place in it and reveals new interesting details of the Cox-Kwasniewski Mission, which played a key role during the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine. Particular attention in the book is devoted to the issues of European integration, Ukraine’s place in Europe and the world, modern leaders and new political elites formation. The book also suggests a new strategy of the EU international politics from the perspective of the Ukrainian events.
Within the event Energy Security for the Future: New sources, Responsibility, Sustainability Aleksander Kwaśniewski presented the book Mission Ukraine, together with the author they held an autograph session and promised to publish an Ukrainian version of the book.
According to Nikolay Zlochevskyi, Energy Security Forum – Energy Security for the Future: New sources, Responsibility, Sustainability – will become an annual event, which will take place in one of the European countries to engage more and more people in the process. It is symbolic that this European initiative was able to unite both EU politicians and politicians from the countries that don’t make part of the European Union yet, but which are ready to develop a common security strategy.