Conference: Novelties in the legal framework and effects of Energy Law implementation
On the 4th of December 2019, a promotional conference was held by the UPES at the premises of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia, Terazije 23 Street, in the auditorium on the second floor. Name of the conference: NOVELTIES IN THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK AND EFFECTS OF ENERGY LAW IMPLEMENTATION.
The conference was opened by the president of UPES Mrs. dr. Branislava Lepotić Kovačević, the introductory speeches were given by the president of the European Federation of Energy law Associations (EFELA), Mr. Vicente Lopez – Ibor Mayor and State Secretary of the Ministry of Mining and Energy of the Republic of Serbia, Ms. Mirjana Filipović.
The core topics of the Conference were addressed through two panels:
- The Principles of Energy Law, Clean Energy Package: Clean Energy for all Europeans and New Forms of Energy – in which the implementation of EU Fourth Energy Package about the clean energy for all Europeans in the EU as well as in the Contracting Parties of the Energy Community, the directions of further development of future EU legislation in the field of energy with specials emphasis on the future of natural gas, and also the directions of the EU legal framework development through the gazes of alternative energy sources was discussed.
The introductory lecture for this panel was held by the professor of Global Energy Law & Suitability at CEPMLP of the Dundee University and Member of the Scientific Committee of the EFELA Mr. Prof. Dr. Raphael Heffron, the moderator was Mr. Milos Laković, Partner at the law office Moravčević Vojnović and Partners AOD in cooperation with Schoenherr, while the speakers were: the Legal Expert of the Energy Department of ACER, Mr. Dimitrios Lelovitis, the Head of the Knowledge Center at the International Energy Charter Mrs. Dr. Gokce Mete and the Senior Legal Expert for Energy at the Energy Community Secretariat Mrs. Dr. Rozeta Karova.
The closing addresses of this panel were given by Mr. Dragoljub Cibulić, a partner at the law office BDK Attorneys at Law.
- The “Precedents” in the Energy Law of the European Union – it addressed the structure, position, importance and key principles which the European Court of Justice as well as the Energy Community apply upon delivering its decisions, principles of sanctioning as one the cornerstone principles of the European Court of Justice, including the referential decisions of the European Court of Justice in the different fields of Energy Law and other fields of law of importance for the energy with a special outlook on the decisions regarding energy pricing and state aid.
The introductory lecture for this panel was held by the Deputy Director, Legal Consultant of the Energy Community Secretariat Mr. Prof. Dr. Dirk Buschle, the moderator was Mrs. Iva Đinđić Ćosić, the Head of the Energy Law Department, EMS a.d. , while the speakers were: the Partner at the law office Moyse Bleser in Luxembourg and the president of the Association for Energy Law in Luxembourg Mr. Dr. Cedric Belwald, Partner at the law office Schoenherr Rechtsanwalte GmbH from Vienna Mr. Bernd Rajal and the Partner at the law office Rokas from Athens, Mrs. Mira Todorović Simeonides.
The closing addresses of this panel was given by Mr. Miloš Kuzman, Upstream Legal Advisor, NIS j.s.c. Novi Sad.
After the end of the second panel, a round table was held with the topic The importance of Energy Law in the region and possibilities of linking with other Energy Law Associations in which energy lawyers from the Republic of Serbia and the region exchanged their opinions about the future cooperation and discussed about the future development of Energy Law in the region – the introductory lecture was held by general secretary of EFELA Mrs. Marinella de Focatiis, the moderators were: the president of UPES Mrs. dr. Branislava Lepotić Kovačević and the Partner at the law office Rokas Belgrade Mr. Vuk Stanković.
Around 100 participants participated at the Conference including: energy lawyers and other experts from the field of energy from the Republic of Serbia and abroad, members of EFELA and national associations for Energy Law from other countries, representatives of professional associations from the field of energy, representatives of important commercial subjects in the field of energy from the Republic of Serbia and abroad, representatives of institutions from the field of energy and others of the importance for energy.
The night before the Conference the participants and speakers visited the Nikola Tesla Museum in Belgrade, in order to pay tribute to a great scientist who enabled, among others, the existence of the Energy Law as we know it today. Those present heard the word of the famous scientist in the appropriate address of the president of UPES Mrs. dr. Branislava Lepotić Kovačević.
The Conference extends its gratitude and thanks to its benefactors: BDK Advokati, Heinrich Böll Stiftung Belgrade, Petrikić & Partneri AOD in collaboration with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz, Моravčević Vojnović and Partners AOD in collaboration with Schoenherr, Мladenović & Stanković in collaboration with Rokas, Karanovic & Partners, JP EPS, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia and BBN Congress Management.