EBRD, Energy Community to host Regional Energy Forum in Sarajevo

By EBRD  Press Office

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The EBRD and the Energy Community will host a Regional Energy Forum in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, on Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 March 2009, which will focus on investment opportunities in electricity generation and renewable energy.

The Forum will highlight the importance of investment and regional co-operation to promote energy security and energy efficiency along the entire energy value chain in the region of south-eastern Europe. Another key focus of the event will be the promotion of renewable energy sources.

The forum will be opened by Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola Spiric, EC Commissioner for Energy Andris Piebalgs and EBRD President Thomas Mirow. The keynote address will be given by Mr Claude Mandil, former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency.

Ministers, high-level representatives from the Energy Community contracting parties, utilities, regulators, transmission system operators, private investors and the donor community will discuss the challenges and opportunities for the development of energy generation and renewable energy sources in the region.

The keynote speakers will host a press conference in Sarajevo on 30 March at 15:40 hrs, at the Holiday Inn Hotel.

If you would like to attend this event, please register by providing your name, job title, name of your organization and full contact details in an e-mail to regionalseminars@ebrd.com. Once you register you will receive further details about the Forum, including hotel accommodation.

If you have any questions, please contact Bojana Todorovska, EBRD, todorovb@ebrd.com or + 44 207 338 6940 or Heli Lesjak, Energy Community, heli.lesjak@energy-community.org, +431 535 2222 25.

The EBRD, owned by 61 countries and two intergovernmental institutions, is supporting the development of market economies and democracies in countries from central Europe to central Asia. www.ebrd.com

The Energy Community is a process that aims at the creation of a regional energy market in South East Europe in the view of later integration into the European internal market. www.energy-community.org

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