Decarbonising Slovak Economy 2019: What will climate neutrality mean for Slovakia’s energy sector and industry?




09:00 – 10:30 Keynote speeches

    • Maroš ŠefčovičVice-President of the European Commission for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight
    • Axel EggertDirector General of Eurofer, The European Steel Association
    • Gauri KhandekarResearcher at the Institute for European Studies, Free University of Brussels, EU ETS and industrial policy expert

Katarína DetersováEditor, EURACTIV Slovakia

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break

10:45 – 12:45 Decarbonising industry

Panel Keynote:
Norbert KurillaState Secretary at the Ministry of Environment of the SR


    • Representative of the Ministry of Economy of the SR (tbc)
    • James E. BrunoPresident of U. S. Steel Košice
    • Vladimír KlocokDirector-General of OFZ Istebné, Vice-President of the Association of Metallurgy, Mining Industry and Geology of the SR
    • Maroš HalamaVice-Dean Faculty of Materials, Metallurgy and Recycling, Technical University of Košice
    • Daniel LešinskýDirector of the Centre for Sustainable Alternatives

Lívia VašákováHead of the Economic Analyses Section, Representation of the European Commission in Slovakia

Pavol Szalai, Senior Editor, EURACTIV Slovakia

12:45 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 16:00 PARALLEL SESSION I: Strategies for a greener Slovak economy


    • Henrich KrejčíHead of Energy Law and Public Affairs, Slovenský plynárenský priemysel
    • Peter RoblChairman of the Board, Buildings for the Future (SKI member)
    • Karol GalekMember of the National Council of the Slovak Republic (Liberty and Freedom)
    • Martin HojsíkMember of the European Parliament (Renew Europe)

Milan ZvaraMinistry of Environment of the SR

Katarína DetersováEditor, EURACTIV Slovakia

14:00 – 16:00 PARALLEL SESSION II: Transformation of the Upper Nitra coal region

Panel keynote:
Philipp LitzProject Manager “International Coal Transition”, Agora Energiewende, Berlin


    • Denisa ŽilákováDirector General of the Central Coordination Body, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of the SR for Investments and Informatisation
    • Róbert JambrichHead of International, European and Environmental Affairs, Slovenské elektrárne
    • Zofia Wetmańska, Analyst, WiseEuropa
    • Juraj MelichárSlovak Climate Initiative (SKI)

Richard FilčákHead of Forecasting Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences

Pavol Szalai, Senior Editor, EURACTIV Slovakia

16:00 – 17:00 Refreshments and networking

Conference language

Slovak and English, simultaneous interpretation will be provided.