The Polish-German Energy Summit was held on Thursday June 12th in Berlin. Representatives of the biggest companies in the industry and politicians were among the participants. It was the first meeting of this kind regarding energy cooperation between both countries.
Chairmen of key companies in Polish and German energy, chemical and fuel industries grave confirmed their attendance, a.o. PGE, PSE, Tauron, Azoty Group, Energa, Lotos Group, Vattenfall, E.ON and BASF. High-ranking government officials – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Janusz Piechociński and Deputy Minister of Economy Ilona Antoniszyn-Klik– were also among the participants.
– The Summit initiated a discussion in business circles on the strategic objectives of Polish and German energy industry and their impact on the European energy market and Europe’s competitiveness. There can be no doubt that economic integration within the EU should take the cooperation of neighboring energy systems into account to a greater extent than has been the case thus far – said Andrzej Malinowski, President of Employers of Poland. The Organization – together with The Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Berlin – has prepared the Summit.
President Malinowski pointed out that no EU member states seemed to have considered how its development strategies for the energy industry could co-exist with the strategies of neighboring countries. Employers of Poland – the biggest Polish business organization, associating leading energy companies – have an ambition to change that.
The topics discussed included Europe’s energy security, trans-border cooperation, the possibility of creating a common market for production capacities and the concept of an energy union. – I hope that the Summit will be an opportunity to start regular discussion and cooperation in this regard. With this in mind, we signed a memorandum on cooperation with the German Energy Agency (DENA) which will provide a platform for organizing similar events in the future – said President Andrzej Malinowski. The event showed mutual benefits resulting from cooperation, so there is a chance that other countries will follow Poland’s example, surely to the benefit of the European Union as a whole.