About the Conference
North West Croatia Regional Energy Agency and FEDARENE are the main organizers of this unique conference, supported by renowned European energy agencies and their partner regions. The event will feature European Commission DG's, MEP's and Ministers. Political representatives from both executive and regional level will be accompanied by managing directors of energy agencies, bridging the commitment to actual implementation solutions which will be showcased. Held under auspices of Croatian Government, the event will also have a strong political agenda welcoming Croatia's accession to EU in July 2013. Participation of Croatian Minister for Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure, Mr Sinisa Hajdaš Dončić emphasises the importance of this event and sustainable energy policy issues in the future development strategies of Croatia. High-level speakers from European Commission and European institutions – Mr Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Energy, European Commission (tbc), Mrs Mercedes Bresso, First Vice-President, Committee of the Regions, Paul Hodson, Head of Unit for Energy Efficiency, DG ENER, Raphaël Goulet, Head of Unit for Information, communication and relations with third countries, DG REGIO and others confirm the importance of sustainable energy challenge for all.
Best practice by some of the most renowned European energy agencies will be showcased (South-West England, Upper Austria, City of Berlin, Basque Country and Ireland) while the Croatian counterpart will feature most successful projects represented by the Croatian capital City of Zagreb and three Counties (Karlovac, Krapina-Zagorje and Zagreb County). Event is bound to have high-level profile involving political representatives from both executive and regional level so to promote strong political commitment in the field of sustainable energy development. Dynamic of the sessions will be ensured by the events' moderator - Mr William Gillett (EACI).
The day-long programme, featuring a luncheon paired with a selection of most renowned Croatian wines to highlight the occasion, is to be held in a historic venue of Representative Office of Croatian Chamber of Economy, Avenue Palmerston 2 in Brussels.