The Future Of Gaseous Solutions In The EU Energy Market

October 11, 2022, Kaiserstein Palace, Prague


The Czech Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic.

Under the auspices of the Office of the Government.

About the roundtable

One of the roundtables organized by the Czech Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Gas Naturally as a side event of the Czech EU Presidency was devoted to the topic of energy, respectively to the future of gaseous solutions in the EU energy market. The topic is very up-to-date as key priority of the Czech Presidency in energy will be the negotiation of the Hydrogen and Decarbonised Gas Package and all the initiatives under the umbrella of REPowerEU.

The majority of initiatives discussed are aiming at decreasing or even completely eliminating European dependency on imports of natural gas from Russian Federation in the shortest reasonable period and especially for the upcoming heating season securing sufficient gas supplies for European customers.

The release of the REPowerEU and all the consequential legislative proposals will inevitably have major consequences for the European (and global) gas market with potentially reshiftling global gas flows, but also rethinking the well-established modus operandi within the EU gas (and potentially even electricity markets). There is definitely no single bullet solution to address all the challenges we will be facing on our way. Yet, the broader and more intensive exchange of information between politicians, Members States administration, civil servants, EC experts and relevant representatives of the business sector, the bigger the chance that we will succeed finding credible solutions to provide stable energy supplies to our customers without giving up on our long-term decarbonisation objectives despite the challenges ahead of us.

The objective of the roundtable was to:

  • discuss options for increasing domestic gaseous supplies within Europe (both natural and renewable & low-carbon gases)
  • how to make European gas market attractive for external supplies
  • how can gaseous solutions still help decarbonise Europe
  • how to eliminate potential infrastructure bottlenecks and make infrastructure ready for low-carbon future

Press Release: Ministers for energy discussed future of European gas market in Prague. Download here

Joint Statement: The Future of Gaseous Fuels in the EU Energy Market. Download here


Draft program




14:00 – 14:30

Arrival of participants, refreshments

14:30 – 14:50

Opening of the conference

Tomáš Prouza, Special Envoy for CZ PRES, Vice-Chairman of the Czech Chamber of Commerce

Ditte Juul Jorgensen, Director-General European Commission

Petr Třešňák, Deputy Minister Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade

14:50 – 15:20

How to enhace EU gas supply resilience via increased domestic production

François-Régis Mouton, Regional Director Europe IOGP, Co-chairman GasNaturally

Ewa Abramiuk-L’ete, General Manager Liquid Gas Europe

15:20 – 15:50

Feedback from the key industrial players

Justin Jackson, Upstream Global Operations and Trading ExxonMobil

Grete Tveit, Senior Vice-President Equinor

Andreas Rau, CEO Net4gas

David Viduna, Head of Origination ČEZ

15:50 – 16:20

Moderated discussion

opened by Jozef Síkela, Minister of Industry and Trade

16:20 – 16:25

Final summary


16:30 – 16:40

Signing of Joint Statement

Jozef Síkela, Minister of Industry and Trade and industry representatives

16:40 – 17:00

Press conference


Networking, light dinner


Official CZ PRES program

18:00 Exhibition Energy and Civilization

19:00 Concert of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (Dvořák: New World Symphony)

Photo gallery

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