Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine
President of Poland (1995-2005)
President of Slovenia (2007-2012)
47th Prime Minister of Belgium (1999 - 2008), Leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group and Member of the European Parliament from Belgium
Director of Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center of the Atlantic Council and US Ambassador to Ukraine (2003-2006)
European Commissioner for Energy (2004 and 2009)
World Energy Council
Director of the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center (1999-2002) and Ambassador at Large for counter-terrorism (2002-2004)
Director of Amicus Europae Foundation
European Climate Foundation
Senior Research Fellow
Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
Carnegie’s Energy and Climate Program
Adviser to the Director General
European Commission DG Energy
PhD in Energy Economics (LBS), MSc (Oxford) Member of the Board Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE)
Opening Speech by:
His Serene Highness
Prince Albert II of Monaco
This is the second 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.
In a rapidly changing global energy context, European energy security is confronted with multiple challenges and possibilities. Amid growing energy demand, Europe has to find a right balance between sustainability and security of supply. Therefore, it is increasingly looking towards unconventional resources. The Initiative on "Energy Security for the Future" promotes non-polluting renewable energy, which is both sustainable and totally inexhaustible. It aspires to introduce effective technology and smart ideas into everyday life and facilitate a gradual transition from conventional to non-conventional energy sources through an open dialogue with key stakeholders and decision-makers, as well as leading experts, businessmen and journalists.
The Forum in Monaco is an open platform for discussing and re-framing ideas and views on perspectives of power safety development in Europe. A great number of high-ranking politicians, diplomats, statesmen, journalists, analysts and businessmen from more than 20 countries have already confirmed attendance. The Forum calls for closer cooperation and coordination among countries, organizations and civil society to address common security challenges and energy concerns.
The venue for the Forum was not chosen by chance. HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco is a staunch advocate of clean energy and latest environmental initiatives.
Global leaders and opinion-makers from a large spectrum of professional and academic backgrounds that share the same energy concerns will be presenting their vision of power safety and energy security in Monte Carlo, Monaco.