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  • Florian Ermacora, Head of Wholesale Markets, Electricity and Gas, DG Energy - European Commission, noted that traders are generally seen as an ally in helping develop markets. However, he noted that some European Member States are expressing reluctance in developing functioning liberalised markets. Member States should avoid state aid that hinders the development of effective markets, which means that renewables have to compete in the market.
  • The panel in the Hungarian market focus session discussed a noticeable increase in forward prices, a correlation between German and Hungarian prices, challenges for CEEGEX to develop into a liquid trading market and the institutional environment of the Hungarian market.
  • In the closing session of day 1, strong criticism of the market was expressed, emphasising its premature character, illiquidity and the current conditions for trading activities.


  • The regulatory hurdles for the regional markets
  • The slow and difficult RES integration in SEE
  • The latest gas hub developments
  • Developments in LNG and Russian gas 
  • Plans for new national and regional power exchanges 
  • The latest on current and future market coupling initiatives
  • How technology is erasing the need for exchanges or brokers

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Confirmed speakers include Ministry of National Development of Hungary, European Commission, Shell, Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority, MEKSZ, Enteneo Energy Trading and more!



  • ETCSEE welcomed again Florian Ermacora, Head of Wholesale Markets, Electricity and Gas at the DG Energy - European Commission, who commented on the power market design in the light of the Clean Energy Package and the impact of the Quo Vadis study on the gas market design.
  • Jasmina Trhulj, Head of Electricity Unit at Energy Community, and Martin Georgiev, Head of Market Bulgaria at Alpiq Energy SE, engaged in a discussion on the energy markets in the SEE countries with questions such as: Why is RES integration that slow and difficult? What is the future of the old thermal power plants? What are the plans for national and regional power exchanges? Market coupling: what will happen? The panel was moderated by Plamen Popov, Head of Trading South East Europe at Statkraft.
  • Turkey was one of the various countries that had their own focus session. Under moderation of  Servet Akgun, Managing Director at Pure Energy, and Eser Özdil, Secretary-General of PETFORM, a Turkish panel discussed the Turkish natural gas market and competition from LNG, an update on Turkstream, the effect of gas prices to electricity prices and the new trading dynamics between gas suppliers and IPPs.
  • Reconsidering Poland’s energy mix - The focus session welcomed Joanna Maćkowiak Pandera, President of Forum Energii. She discussed what can we expect from the Polish government on the country‘s energy mix, new market design and how we can end the regulatory mess. 
  • Intrigue in the SEE region showcased - With contributions from the Energy Community, ENTSO-E, the Bulgarian traders association and several SPOT Exchanges, this session showcased the developments for the regional and national power exchanges as well as the planned market coupling initiatives.
  • New Session: "The Future of gas" - This top-notch session discussed the future of the European gas market including security of supply, new infrastructure projects and LNG availability. We could listen to Carmen Oprea, Policy Officer, DG Energy, European Commission presenting updates on the Central and South Eastern Europe Connectivity, with contributions from Davide Rubini, Regulatory and Commercial Manager for South and Eastern Europe, Shell, Péter Kaderják, Director, REKK and Gottfried Steiner, CEO, Central European Gas Hub. 

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