The 9th SET Plan Conference was coupled this year to the Central European Energy Conference and it was organised by Myenergy GIE, on behalf of the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure and the Ministry of Housing with the support of the European Commission.
The Conference was inaugurated by the Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Slovakia, Mr. Dušan Chrenek, and the Director of the Research Centre of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association, Mr Alexander Duleba. Mr Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission for the Energy Union, and Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for R&I, European Commission, delivered key note speeches. Conclusion was drawn by Mr Dominique Ristori, Director-General for Energy at the European Commission.
The 9th SET –Plan Conference held an overall discussion of the Energy Union Strategy's state of affairs, since its launch in February 2015, reflecting on the major achievements accomplished and the challenges that should be addressed for a successful way forward. The Energy Union winter package as a whole, adopted by the European Commission the day before, was the key topic of the debates given the new Communication “Accelerating Clean-Energy Innovation”, mentioned in both key note speeches.
A particular focus was given to the "Transforming the European Energy System through INNOVATION - Integrated SET Plan Progress in 2016" document. This publication, disclosed by the European Commission the day before, describes the progress achieved in the SET Plan in the year following the release of the Integrated SET Plan Communication of September 2015. It also summarises the ambitious R&I targets, established by national governments in cooperation with relevant, research and industry stakeholders from public and private sector, building on an increased cooperation among the Member States wich is at the core of the Energy Union project.