On Thursday, June 2, in Monte Carlo (Monaco) there was held an International Forum on energy security – Energy Security for the Future: New sources, Responsibility, Sustainability jointly organized by Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Burisma Group and Amicus Europae, the Foundation of Aleksander Kwaśniewski.
The event became the most ambitious European project on energy security issues and alternative energy sources promotion. The forum was attended by more than 150 guests, including European politicians, leaders of non-government owners of Europe’s largest energy companies, energy experts and journalists.
The event was inaugurated by His Serene Highness the Prince of Monaco, Albert II. In his speech he emphasized the importance of the alternative energy sources development and called the Forum’s topic “crucial” for the secure future of modern European states.
“Energy security planning has to be done in a long-term perspective. We should pay more attention to the renewable energy sources that would enable getting cheap energy without polluting the environment”, – admitted the Prince of Monaco Albert II.
Among the speakers of the Forum there were such respectable European politicians as Aleksander Kwaśniewski (President of Poland 1995-2005), Joschka Fischer (Vice-Chancellor of Germany 1998-2005), Andris Piebalgs (EU Commissioner for Energy, 2004 and 2009), TJ Glautier (US Vice-Secretary of Energy 1999-2001, President of TJG Energy Associates), Hunter Biden (Independent director of Burisma), Ireneusz Bil (Director of Amicus Europae, the Foundation of Aleksander Kwaśniewski), Jean-Arnold Vinois (European Commission representative on Energy Policy issues) and other honored guests.
“Traditionally, energy security is seen as a part of political security. Today, it is very important for Ukraine to cooperate with Europe, and the progress in this field has already been made. Ukraine has a huge potential in using renewable energy sources”, – admitted Joschka Fischer.
Speakers expressed their support for Ukraine and Europe, on their way to energy independence and renewable energy development.
According to Aleksander Kwaśniewski, independent director of Burisma, the subject of energy security is relevant for Ukraine and the whole world. Lack of energy can become a weapon of XXI century.
“The topic of the Forum is very important, as energy is a key factor not only today, but it will also remain a key factor in the future. The modern history is changing as fast as never before. I hope that Burisma will continue to support such initiatives”, – admitted Aleksander Kwaśniewski.
Energy Security Forum also became a platform for the presentation of the English version of Mission Ukraine, a book, written by a Polish publicist, Maciej Olchawa, which reflects the vision of the European Community and Ukraine’s place in it. The publication reveals new interesting details of the Cox-Kwasniewski Mission, which played a key role during the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine. Particular attention in the book is devoted to the issues of European integration, Ukraine’s place in Europe and the world, modern leaders and new political elites formation. The book also suggests a new strategy of the EU international politics from the perspective of the Ukrainian events.
Within the event Energy Security for the Future: New sources, Responsibility, Sustainability Aleksander Kwaśniewski presented the book Mission Ukraine, together with the author they held an autograph session and promised to publish an Ukrainian version of the book.
“It is such a unique occasion, when a Forum managed to unite different people of different social status over the idea of energy security in Europe. International Forum, organized by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and Burisma Group, isn’t just an attempt to attract socially responsible businesses and civil society to address this issue, it’s also an opportunity to provide a discussion platform for a wide range of ideas, which will result in a comprehensive, long-term and substantial work on a new strategy for energy security in Europe”, – admitted Nikolay Zlochevskyi, businessman and the president of the Burisma Group.
The guests of the Forum were welcomed by a world-famous tenor, Jonas Kaufmann: together with a virtuoso pianist, Stellar Fagone they performed the best arias of Giacomo Puccini and Giuseppe Verdi.