Fit for 55: financing a successful transition across Europe

This is an important event that looks at the investment profile of CEECs (Poland and other lower-income Member States) with the backdrop of higher emissions reduction targets to 2030, a reformed ETS and uncertain amendments to state-aid guidelines.

Energy system investment in countries from Central and Eastern Europe is supported through various funds to take account of their very different starting points. In order to ensure a successful energy transition, the JTM/JTF was implemented to address specific needs and support regions heavily dependent on coal/fossil fuels to make the necessary investments in transitional technologies. Will the transformation still be viable for established actors within this region following upcoming revisions to policies under-pinning the European Green Deal? What’s at stake?

With a target of a 55% reduction now established for 2030, the coordination of policies (EU ETS, Modernisation Fund, JTF, Taxonomy, EEAG) is critical as we work out how to finance the European Green Deal. With new proposals for the upcoming ‘Fit for 55’ Commission package, this Energy Post discussion will examine the possible consequences of the latest decisions and proposals, and discover the views of key actors in affected areas.

The event is sponsored by PKEE (the Polish Electricity Association).




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Stefaan Vergote
Senior Advisor, DG CLIMA

Stefaan Vergote is Advisor in DG CLIMA since April 2017 for Emission Reduction Strategies and Research&Innovation. He coordinates Research & Innovation across DG CLIMA and serves as DG CLIMA’s Sherpa for Cluster 5 ‘Climate, Energy and Mobility’ under Horizon Europe. He assists his Director on policy files relating to the Fitfor55 package, EU’s climate objectives and policies such as CO2&cars regulation and Effort Sharing regulation. He also deals with synergies between climate action and industrial /energy policy. Previously, he was Head of unit for Economic analysis and Financial Instruments Unit in DG ENERGY since March 2014


Pieter de Pous
Senior Advisor, E3G

Pieter works with governments, civil society groups and EU institutions to advance EU and national policies in support of a coal phase out and a just transition. His area of expertise is in ecology, EU decision making, environmental and energy policies and transition processes. Prior to joining E3G Pieter spend 14 years working for Europe’s largest NGO, European Environmental Bureau, 7 of which as its policy director. In this role he has helped advance the EU’s environmental agenda in areas ranging from chemical safety, biodiversity to energy and circular economy.

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Catherine Banet
Associate Professor, University of Oslo, Faculty of Law and Academic Fellow, Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE)

Catherine Banet (PhD) is Associate Professor at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, Department of Energy and Resources Law, University of Oslo, Norway. She specialises in energy law, environmental law, EU/EEA law and state aid law. Catherine has background from private law practice (Norway, France), the European Commission (DG ENV), U.S. diplomatic mission and academia. She is Academic Fellow at the Center on Regulation in Europe (CERRE).


Tomasz Dąbrowski
Director of the PKEE (the Polish Electricity Association)

Tomasz Dąbrowski has been the Director of PKEE since July 2020. Before he was the Undersecretary of State in the Polish Ministry of Energy since June 2018. Prior to this, Dąbrowski worked in the Energy department at the Ministry of Economy first as a Senior Expert, then Deputy Director and Director of the Department. He was responsible for matters relating to the Polish energy policy, as well as the implementation of EU regulations into the national legal order. He was also responsible for the process of the Polish presidency of the Council of the European Union in the area of energy. He is a member of the Polish Committee of the World Energy Council. Tomasz Dąbrowski holds a physics degree from the University of Lodz and a law degree from the Faculty of Law and Administration and a graduate of the National School of Public Administration in Warsaw.


Matthew James (Moderator)
Managing Director, ENERGY POST

Working in energy for the past 11 years, first as Managing Director of Synergy, organisers of European Utility Week, then, since 2014, at Energy Post. Energy Post is read by over 80,000 energy professionals every month. It is technology neutral, offering a platform for experts from all areas of the energy sector to share their knowledge. The Transition is at the heart of our reports and events.

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