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Moving towards a Low-Carbon Economy in Southeastern Europe

Energy, climate change and the environment

CEPS Conference room
Place du Congres 1, 1000 Brussels

Participation is free of charge. Registration is required to participate


Moving towards a Low-Carbon Economy in Southeastern Europe

Regulation, finance and investment


Many EU countries of south-eastern Europe use a significant proportion of coal for their energy needs. EU energy policy aims to increasingly decarbonise power generation and ultimately move to a net zero carbon economy by 2050.  Several countries face a major challenge to replace the energy from coal from other sources. Increased energy efficiency and greater regional energy market integration will play a role in balancing supply and demand. Issues of regulatory uncertainty have made investors reluctant to finance new energy projects in the region. This event will bring together stakeholders from the energy and finance sectors with EU and national policymakers to discuss the challenges facing countries of region to make the transition to low carbon and how to attract the necessary investment. It is the start of a series of events and other deliverables on the issue.


  • Focus on ‘low-carbon’ challenges given the prevalence of coal, e.g. security of supply, affordability/energy poverty, investment in low-carbon technology.
  • Highlight the importance of securing investment and regulatory predictability as essential elements in transition to a low-carbon economy in the context of the EC Long-term Strategy (LTS)

The workshop is the beginning of a series of CEPS ECH activities in this field.

Christian Egenhofer Christian Egenhofer
Christian Egenhofer

Associate Senior Research Fellow

Speakers list
Marion Perelle

Member of Cabinet, Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete for Climate Action and Energy, European Commission

Olivier Marquette

Director Generral, AES Bulgaria

Claudia Brandus

Director, Regulatory Affairs, ENEL Romania

Tom Howes

Deputy Head of economic analysis and financial instruments unit, DG Energy, European Commission

Julian Popov

European Climate Foundation

Grigoris Krallis

Senior Sector Engineer, Energy Department, EIB

László Szabó


Eero Ailio

Adviser for energy transition and local governance, DG Energy, European Commission

Claudiu Negrisan

Deputy Director, Bioenergy Suceava

Nikolaos Keramidas

EU Affairs Director, Mytilineos S.A

Ivo Prokopiev

Co-founder Solar-Pro Holding

Gwilym Jones

Head of Brussels Office, EBRD

Jorge Núñez-Ferrer

Senior Research Fellow, CEPS

Kyriakos Gialoglou

Greek Energy Forum