n the 28th April 2015, CEPI hosted at its headquarters in Bratislava a closed door debate focusing on the development of the energy market in Slovakia and Europe and the role to be played in this regard by the project of the EU Energy Union. The participants have also touched upon the topic of the nuclear power plant in Mochovce and its position in the European energy market and the future energy union.
As part of a series of energy related discussions, the event welcomed Branislav Strýček, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors in charge of the market and regulatory issues from Slovenské Elektrárne (Enel) and Matúš Mišík, an energy expert and assistant professor at the Comenius University in Bratislava. Having another energy expert Jozef Badida as chair of the panel, the three participants addressed a wide range of questions.
The progress in key areas – renewable sources of energy, decarbonization, and energy efficiency – of the envisioned EU Energy Union has so far been quite limited. Moreover, the discussants expect rather limited and slow advancement of the Energy Union, since it concerns very sensitive national issues such as national energy mix of member states, regulatory competences, and energy security. However, they still believe that the EU Energy Union can help Central Europe in cooperating more effectively in such areas as nuclear energy and development of interconnections.
The debate also touched upon the role of the nuclear power plant in Mochovce and its role in the development of the EU energy market. Although the current energy prices are quite low and energy sources sufficient, the situation can change in the upcoming years. In that sense, the importance of regional network interconnections was also discussed. The speakers concluded that the nuclear power plant in Mochovce represents a strategic asset for Slovakia with direct implications for the whole of Central Europe. In their opinion, the countries in the region should not miss the opportunity to cooperate more closely in building effective EU Energy Union.