Opportunities for Polish-German cooperation in the energy sector and the II Polish-German Energy Summit were the Focus of the meeting of the Energy Platform of Employers of Poland held on January 25th 2016.
The meeting was chaired by President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski and Marek Woszczyk, Co-Chairman of the Polish-German Energy Group. The event was attended by Henryk Baranowski, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Treasury and Michał Kurtyka, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Energy, as well as members of the Platform and representatives of the chemical sector.
– Our cooperation dates back to June 12th 2014, when the first Summit took place in Berlin. Our German partners are now suggesting that a chemical summit should be organized the day before the energy one, due to the success of the latter – said Andrzej Malinowski in his opening speech.
The safety of energy production, storage and demand efficiency, energy transfer and the EU resource policy were mentioned as possible topics of discussion.
Michał Kurtyka pointed out the opportunities for synergy in the cooperation of the two countries’ energy systems resulting from their complementary nature.
The first Polish-German Energy Summit was held in June 2014 in Berlin and attended by representatives of the energy and chemical sectors of both countries, a.o.: PGE, PSE, Tauron, Grupa Azoty, Energa, Grupa Lotos, as well as Vattenfall, E.ON or BASF. Discussion focused on Europe’s energy security, trans-border cooperation, the possibility of a common energy capacity market and the energy union.
The Polish-German Working Group for Energy was established by an agreement between Employers of Poland and the German Energy Agency signed in 2014. At its most recent meeting in September 2015, the focal point of discussion was the European Commission’s plan for the New Energy Market Design.