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Lobbying and Networking in Energy Markets

Plenary / Panel
in englischer Sprache


Consultant, g+ Europe, Brussels Abstract
The EU s energy policy has become increasingly ambitious. Energy market liberalisation, CO2 abatement, green mobility, renewables& Much is at stake for consumers and business, big and small, European and non-European. So who are the real players? How is EU energy policy influenced? How important are alliances between green NGOs and industry? What works and what not? A glimpse behind the EU lobbying scene through the experience of the leading EU political consultancy g+ europe, which represents a number energy companies, from biodiesel to energy traders and gas suppliers.
Campaign Director, Greenpeace Central and Eastern Europe, Vienna Abstract
Lobbying is a standard practice of influencing European policies and is in its widely unregulated form a growing concern for civil society. Especially areas where the European Union has regulative power are subject for increasing corporate influence. The European energy policy is one of the most important issues in this regard. The statement will give some basic facts on lobbying to influence energy policy and discuss some of the relevant lobbying strategies. It will also explain the concern civil society has with that development of European policy making.
Head of Brussels Office, VNG - Verbundnetz Gas Aktiengesellschaft, Brussels Abstract
The VNG Group with its Leipzig-based parent company VNG  Verbundnetz Gas AG (VNG AG) is one of Germany s leading natural gas importers, wholesalers and energy service providers, and operates its own gas transport and storage infrastructure. The VNG Group s value chain is oriented to the four core business areas of exploration/production, trading, transport and storage.

The VNG Brussels office is in charge of the company's European energy policy, its European affairs and the relations to the European Institutions. Lobby projects, events and personal meetings with political decision makers fall - among many other tasks - within the scope of the Brussels office. Energy policy - next to the financial crisis - can be regarded as the most important topic on the European agenda today. Hence representing the industry's interests and offering expert knowledge to the political world in Brussels is crucial.
Member, European Parliament, Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats), Brussels Abstract
The Treaty of Lisbon created amongst others the legal basis for an autonomous energy policy (Art. 194 TFEU). In this context, the European Union aims at ensuring the functioning of the energy market, and the security of supply. It promotes energy efficiency and savings, develops renewable energy forms and supports the interconnection of energy networks. According to the ordinary legislative procedure (formerly co-decision procedure), the Commission suggests legislation to the Council and the Parliament, which then jointly adopt a common wording. Business and interest groups are active on the ground in Brussels providing these decision-makers with the additional background information for their work.
Editor-in-Chief, Wiener Zeitung, Vienna Chair


Consultant, g+ Europe, Brussels

 University degree economic sciences in Vienna and Madrid
 Option trader in London
 Freelance journalist
 Member of Cabinet of EU Commissioner Franz Fischler
 Spokesperson of EU Commissioner Franz Fischler
 Spokesperson of EU Commission Vice President Günter Verheugen
 Senior Partner at g+ europe, Brussels
 With his in-depth knowledge of the EU's media and decision-making process, Gregor provides strategic advice for the EU consultancy GPlus Europe to a number of blue-chip companies from the IT, energy and chemicals sector.
 Prior to joining GPlus as a partner in 2006 Gregor spent over ten years in the European Commission as a spokesperson and political adviser to two different Commissioners. His last post was with Commission Vice-President in charge of Enterprise and Industry Günter Verheugen. Prior to this he was the Commission's Spokesman for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries with Commissioner Franz Fischler. He was at the forefront of communicating the Commission's handling of the BSE crisis and was part of the EU's negotiating team at the WTO Summits in Seattle, Doha, Cancun and Geneva.
 During his stint with the European Commission he communicated their position on many of the headline-grabbing pieces of EU legislation, including the EU's new chemicals registration system (REACH), the new legislative framework for the European car industry, the Better Regulation initiative, the reform of farm and fisheries policies, the foot-and-mouth crisis and the Doha Development Round.
 This experience has given him a unique understanding and insight into how high-level policy making works in the EU. His specific areas of expertise are crisis communication and the fields of biotechnology, trade, agriculture, information technology and industry policy.

Mag. Bernhard OBERMAYR

Campaign Director, Greenpeace Central and Eastern Europe, Vienna

2004-2008 Campaigner, Greenpeace CEE, Vienna
2008-2009 Head of Climate Campaign, Greenpeace India, Bangalore
since 2009 Campaign Director, Greenpeace CEE, Vienna


Head of Brussels Office, VNG - Verbundnetz Gas Aktiengesellschaft, Brussels

2000 Trainee, Austrian Chamber of Trade and Commerce, Toronto, Canada
2001-2002 Legal Trainee, Law courts of Graz
2003-2004 Associate, Podovsovnik Lawyers, Vienna
2004-2005 Legal Counsel, Böhler-Uddeholm AG, Vienna (Traineeship of Industriellenvereinigung)
2005-2006 Parliamentary Assistant/Policy Advisor to Mrs. Ursula Stenzel, MEP, European Parliament, Brussels
2006-2009 Senior Consultant, EUTOP Brussels Sprl., Brussels
since 2009 Head of Brussels Office, VNG - Verbundnetz Gas AG, Brussels

Ing. Mag. Dr. Paul G. RÜBIG

Member, European Parliament, Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats), Brussels

1972-1978 Studium der Betriebswirtschaft, Marketing und Produktionstechnik, Universität Linz
1978-1984 Doktorat am Institut für Revisions-, Treuhand- und Rechnungswesen, Universität Linz
1991-1996 Abgeordneter zum Oberösterreichischen Landtag
1996 Abgeordneter zum Nationalrat
 Lehraufträge: Universität Klagenfurt, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Linz
seit 1996 Abgeordneter zum Europäischen Parlament

Dr. Reinhard GÖWEIL

Editor-in-Chief, Wiener Zeitung, Vienna

1984-1988 Wirtschaftsredakteur, "Oberösterreichische Nachrichten"
1989 Leiter, Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, Chemie Linz AG
1990-1994 Wirtschaftsredakteur, Standard, Wien
1994-2009 Leiter der Wirtschaftsredaktion des Kurier, Wien
 seit 2009 Chefredakteur der "Wiener Zeitung".
seit 2001 Herausgeber der Fachschrift Finanznachrichten