Central and South East Europe Business Forum on Energy


Given its particular vulnerability, there is a need to improve cooperation, solidarity and trust in the Central and South-Eastern part of Europe

                                                                                                                 (The European Commission, February 2015)

CEPS Energy Climate House has carried out extensive work in Central and South-East Europe and identified a need for closer coordination and cooperation among energy related business enterprises in the region. The Business Forum on Energy fosters information-sharing among companies operating in C&SEE and relevant European and national institutions to step up market integration efforts and identify policy and market challenges obstructing this process. The Forum will deliver results in line with European energy objectives and create an environment that maximises business opportunities.

The idea for this forum arises from the need to stimulate regional energy policy cooperation in Central and South East Europe in its entirety, including EU member states and the Western Balkans.

The Business Forum on Energy is guided by the principles of trust, objectivity, inclusiveness and transparency.

CEPS Energy Climate House sees closer cooperation on regional energy policies in Central and South-East Europe as fundamental to the future economic development of the region. Access to competitive, affordable and secure energy supply is vital to electricity-intensive businesses, which have to navigate an intricate environment of energy security priorities, national and European energy objectives. This complex dynamic process requires more than simple adaptation strategies to grow the regional energy market further, develop new business models and create an appropriate regulatory environment. For this reason any dialogue must focus on practical solutions between businesses, academia and governments.



Connect energy businesses in the region, foster collaboration and information-sharing Develop regional energy markets through the promotion of transparent policy making Connect with the European institutions and stakeholders Promote an energy narrative on markets, transparency and sustainability Organise thematic conferences, meetings and workshops





Related events by CEPS Central and South-East Europe regional energy cooperation initiatives:

Brussels, 4-5 June 2018

The transition to a low-carbon economy presents both a significant opportunity and an immense challenge. The development and notably the commercialisation of low-carbon solutions, including clean energy technologies, can catalyse economic development, jobs and growth, and accelerate the transformation of business and industry. 

The conference, organised by CEPS Energy Climate House, had an opening discussion on the opportunities offered by the energy transition and the industrial transformation, as well as the challenges that industry, policy and society at large will encounter in the process. This was followed by three sessions: Innovation, finance and regulation ; Special session: Presentation of study "RECONFIGURE: The powerful potential of the circular economy on an industrial scale" ; The future global market for a decarbonised industry.

Brussels, 23 February 2018

High-Level Breakfast Meeting during the CEPS Ideas Lab annual conference

Bucharest, 31 October 2017

Romania will hold its first presidency of the Council of the European Union as of January 2019. It is the purpose of the October 31, 2017 roundtable organized by EPG and CEPS Energy Climate House in Bucharest to discuss and articulate, along with reputed experts, what should constitute the core and focus of Romania’s energy policy position surrounding its Presidency of the Council of the EU.

Sofia, Bulgaria

    High-level conference in the context of the Energy Union tour of Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič to Bulgaria.The event is organised by CEPS, Capital and the C&SEE Business Forum on Energy, and will focus on the future of regional energy cooperation, the Clean Energy Package 2030 and the impact for the region, and the development of South-East European energy markets and businesses.

Brussels, 2nd February 2017

    High-Level Panel Discussion on the developments of CESEC 2.0 towards the integration of regional energy markets

  • Advancing regional energy collaboration: Will Central & South-East Europe lead the way?

 Brussels, 24th February 2017

     High-Level Breakfast Meeting during the CEPS Ideas Lab annual conference



Related publications 

by Christian Egenhofer, Cristian Stroia, 13 December 2017

In late December 2016 and early 2017, South Eastern Europe experienced an extended cold spell lasting almost six weeks and triggering an electricity ‘crisis’, which seriously affected EU member states as well as Energy Community countries, notably Bulgaria, Romania, Greece and FYR of Macedonia. These countries opted to tackle the actual or perceived supply situation via a traditional path of administrative interventions, based on a purely national perspective and requiring the addition of considerable capacity. This approach departed sharply from the solutions discussed within the Central and South Eastern Europe Energy Connectivity (CESEC) initiative, launched by the European Commission in 2015 with the aim of integrating markets to address energy security in the region.

by Christian Egenhofer, Cristian Stroia, 27 September 2017

The Central and South-Eastern Europe Gas Connectivity (CESEC) initiative has been a major political success for all participating parties – the European Commission, the member states and the Energy Community contracting parties – which together have taken ambitious steps towards the creation of a regional energy security framework on the back of a regional energy market. Essential elements include the high-level political commitment, the prioritisation of a limited number of key infrastructure projects and the smart mobilisation of available EU funding. These accomplishments were relevant for the successful implementation of the initiative’s next phase, CESEC 2.0, which saw its extension to electricity markets, renewables and energy efficiency, for which the high-level meeting in Bucharest on 27-28 September 2017 is expected to lead the way.

by Arndt Hassel, Cristian Stroia, Christian Egenhofer, Jaap Jansen, Arno Behrens, 4 July 2017

As part of the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package, the European Commission has proposed a Regulation on risk-preparedness in the electricity sector that aims to improve cooperation among member states in preventing, preparing for and managing electricity crises. To reap the benefits of improved cooperation compared with the current diverging national approaches, the proposal foresees, inter alia, national risk-preparedness plans, a number of principles for crisis management and ex post crisis evaluation. This Policy Insight analyses the proposal and confronts it with a case study about a recent crisis in South East Europe (in January 2017). Among other conclusions, the findings suggest that the Regulation’s provisions for clear rules and national/regional procedures for crisis management and for evaluating crisis management ex post (i.e. whether the rules were followed) are appropriate, but they may need strengthening

by Christian Egenhofer, Cristian Stroia and Julian Popov, 17 March 2017

The Central and South Eastern Europe Gas Connectivity (CESEC) is a major political success for the European Commission and the member states in their bid to integrate Central and South East European (C&SEE) energy systems. CESEC has already made a significant contribution to strengthening the regional and wider European energy security.

by Anna Dimitrova, Christian Egenhofer, Arno Behrens, 7 April 2016

The Energy Union concept recognises the importance of regional integration. For South East Europe, regional energy policy cooperation is seen as a means to address region-specific challenges such as security of supply, energy imports dependence, affordability, but also to build trust. South East Europe’s hitherto untapped or underutilised potential for renewable energy, hydro – also for storage – and the huge potential for energy efficiency improvements offer a great opportunity to solve the region’s challenges.

​by Christian Egenhofer, Anna Dimitrova, Julian Popov, 2 July 2015

The implementation of regional energy policy cooperation initiatives is a priority of both the Energy Union and the so-called 2030 Energy and Climate Framework. This report identifies the seven key elements that need to be addressed to bring existing and planned regional energy policy cooperation initiatives in south east Europe to life: i) a sound geographical definition, ii) a governance structure, iii) voluntary participation, iv) exchange of information and best practice, v) the development of an external dimension, vi) regional infrastructure planning and development and vii) streamlining the financing instruments across the region.










Christian Egenhofer christian.egenhofer@ceps.eu

Cristian Stroia cristian.stroia@ceps.eu