27 November 2018 - 10:00 - 12:00
Fatih Birol, Francesco Gattei, Olivier Grabette , Maroš Šefčovič

In partnership with the International Energy Agency (IEA), Friends of Europe’s annual high-level conference and presentation of the International Energy Agency’s flagship World Energy Outlook, regarded as the gold standard in energy analysis, discusses the rapidly-evolving global energy landscape and its implications for Europe.

In our 2018 edition, we are welcoming key speakers and senior stakeholders to exchange insights on the outlook for European energy markets and provide first-hand key insights on the outcomes of international climate and energy discussions held in Katowice during COP24.


After 20 years of negotiations, 195 countries signed the Paris Agreement to limit global warming well below 2°C above pre-industrial level by the end of the century. The focus now moves to design and implementation, and success will depend on the support and contribution of all – including industries, member-states, regions, cities and citizens.


The world energy market is experiencing major transformations: the cost of renewables is plunging and electricity demand is set to grow at twice the pace of energy demand as a whole. Understanding Europe’s Energy Union in this dynamic interplay of energy markets, technologies and policies has never been more critical. The presentation of the 2018 edition of the International Energy Agency’s flagship World Energy Outlook, regarded as the gold standard in energy analysis, sheds light on latest data, technology trends and policy announcements while taking into account energy demand and supply projections through 2040 under different scenarios. 

Join IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol and key European leaders to hear how the outlook for global and European energy markets is set to evolve. 

  • What will tomorrow’s power sector look like? How will it incentivise investment and ensure reliable supply, and what share of our total energy needs can ultimately be met by electricity? 
  • How are traditional oil and gas-exporting countries adapting to today’s new price and policy environment, and what might be the implications for these economies if longer-term structural changes are needed?
  • How is the Energy Union helping Europe in achieving stronger climate action and energy security?

Speakers include: 

Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) 
Francesco Gattei, Executive Vice-President at Eni
Olivier Grabette, Executive Vice-President at RTE
Maroš Šefčovič, European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union

Dharmendra Kanani, Director of Insights at Friends of Europe

Fatih Birol
Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA)
Fatih Birol took office as Executive Director of the IEA in September 2015, twenty years after first joining the agency. He previously held the positions of Chief Economist and Director of Global Energy Economics, with responsibilities that included directing the flagship World Energy Outlook publication. Dr. Birol has been named by Forbes Magazine among the most powerful people in terms of influence on the world’s energy scene.
Francesco Gattei
Executive Vice-President at Eni
Francesco Gattei is currently Eni Executive Vice-President for Scenarios, Strategic Options and Investor Relations. He has a long history of working for the Italian company where he dealt mainly with economic valuations, business development and negotiations for large projects in central Asia. He also served as negotiations and commercial manager in Libya before to become responsible for business planning for Eni’s global operations. Following this, he became responsible for the “Centro Studi Eni”, Eni’s research centre focusing on scenarios, strategic analysis and economic assessments.
Olivier Grabette
Executive Vice-President at RTE
Olivier Grabette is Executive Vice-President of RTE and Member of the Board in charge of Economy, R&D, Expertise and IT since 2015. He graduated from ENSAE and spent the beginning of his career in the engineering department of EDF in France and abroad. He joined RTE in 2002 to manage the West Maintenance Direction. After that, he worked for the top-management of the National Center for Grid Expertise of RTE. In 2012, he created the R&D Department of RTE and has been responsible since 2014 for Economy and R&D. In April 2018, he has been elected as President of the ThinkSmartGrids association.
Maroš Šefčovič
European Commission Vice President for Energy Union
Maros Šefčovič joined the European Commission in 2009 and is currently its Vice President responsible for coordinating the efforts to develop an EU-wide resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy. As a Slovak diplomat by profession, he served in Zimbabwe and Canada, was formerly Ambassador to Israel, Permanent Representative to the European Union and Director General in the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs.





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