SOPOT, December 16, 5:56 /ITAR-TASS/. The 8th Energy Forum opens in this northern Polish city on Monday. This year, the forum is involving about 500 politicians, experts, and businessmen from Central and Eastern Europe, as well as those from the member-countries of the European Union (EU), anf from the United States. Russia is represented at the forum by a number of members of the State Duma lower house of parliament, and by experts.
"Europe has found itself in a situation of 'energy paradox'. The slowdonwn in economic development, the growth of energy efficiency, and the involvement of biofuel in this energy cocktail call for a reform of the European (energy) system," point out the organizers of the conference which has already become traditional.
"Will the present discussion of the goals of the European climate and energy policies for a period until 2030 bring about an expected compromise, with due regard for environmental protection and diversity of the EU member-countries and energy security requiremnts? What must be done to accelerate an integration of the energy infrastructure? Which sectors is it worthwhile to make investments? -- these and other questions require answers that participants in the Sopot forum will seek to provide.
The discussion will begin with the presentation of a report entitled "The Key Energy Trends in Europe. 2012-2020". Then the guests will discuss energy security problems of the EU, Germany's energy strategy, investments in Poland, the development of shale and nuclear power engineering, the Russian factor in modernizing the gas market.
On the second day of the conference, participants are to focus on the possibility of integration of Ukerainian and European energy markets, prospects for renewable sources of energy, and risks connected with the production of shale gas by the fracking method.
The concluding, third, day will be devoted to innovations, a new energy law, and competitiveness-related matters.
Over the seven years of its existence, the Sopot energy forum has become one of the most prestigious platforms for discussing key probrlems in the field of energy. Every year, tens of experts, politicians, and businessmen meet in this seaside resort city to discuss the main challenges facing the sector, exchange opinions, and establish new business contacts.