Energy security
Conference: Trilateral Dialogue: Germany, Czech Republic, Poland

A common energy policy direction in uncertain times?

The energy policy situation in Central Europe is tense as never before and has a significant impact on our lives. On the one hand, the European Union has long been pushing for an increase in the share of energy from renewable sources; on the other hand, in terms of democratic values and moral conscience, we urgently need to free ourselves from dependence on Russian gas. Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic are the three largest coal consumers in the EU, and Germany and the Czech Republic are heavily dependent on Russian gas. Cooperation between these countries is at hand, but each country is dealing with this crisis differently. Nevertheless, we need to find the intersections of possible cooperation and joint action. At the same time, we should think about how the start of operations of the Baltic pipeline and the upcoming Green Deal will change the whole situation. Together with international experts, we want to discuss potential for energy cooperation.

We cordially invite you to our conference.


Wednesday November, 2




Welcome speech


Panel 1: Current challenges and problems of the regional energy  sector: Saxon-Polish-Czech perspectives

Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland share a common cultural and economic area. Energy policy is one of THE central issues, not only but especially for the region in the border triangle. While Germany is rapidly phasing out nuclear energy and coal, an important economic sector in the region, the Czech Republic is relying on nuclear energy to achieve its climate goals. At the same time, Poland continues to rely heavily on coal and is forging new construction plans for a nuclear reactor. These different approaches not only have implications for the economic future of the three countries, but also for that of the border triangle. One thing is clear: energy policy could become a topic of conflict, or an opportunity for closer cooperation.

Andreas W. Poldrack, VEE Sachsen, Branch manager (D)

Gregor von Kampen-Banisch, President of the Centre for Renewable Energy (PL)

Martina Jakl, German-Czech Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Head of Competence Center Energy and Environment (CZ)




Workshop: Turów as a conflict – perspectives of future planned energy policy in the border triangle.

Moderated creative activity with presentation/evaluation: 6 creative islands/theme tables with experts. Key question: How can coal-fired power generation be replaced? Now and in the future.


Keynote Speech (digital): The European Future of Energy Policy 

Nicola Beer, Vice-President of the European Parliament


Coffee break


Panel 2: Energy Security in Uncertain Times. Energy policy in the field of tension between European and national objectives.

Energy policy in the field of tension between European and national objectives. How can we shape energy policy in times of political and economic uncertainty? What room for manoeuvre is there at all when energy policy goals compete with climate and security policy objectives? Which technical trends and which economic policy approaches to order will offer possible solutions?

Prof. Tobias Zschunke, HSZG, Power (plant) engineering (D)

Adam Blażowski, Expert in energy and Smart City projects, FOTA4Climate (PL)

Michaela Kabáčová, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Energy Policy Officer (CZ)


Closing remarks


End of the event


Wednesday, November, 2


University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz,

Theodor-Körner-Allee 8, 02763 Zittau


Registration link here