For the fourth year in a row, on May 31, Burisma Group held the Energy Security for the Future international forum, one of the biggest Ukrainian events held abroad, in Monte Carlo under the support of the Prince Monaco Albert II Foundation, Atlantic Council and the Amicus Europae Aleksander Kwasniewski Foundation.
The current forum is a leader in the number of guests, presidents and heads of governments of Europe and the first big event in 28 European countries after recent elections to the European Parliament on May 23 - 26. That's why "Energy Security for the Future: Post-Election Order" became the main discussion of the ESF.
The meeting traditionally was held at the Yacht Club of Monaco, where European and American politicians, business people, experts and leaders gathered again. In total over four years, the Burisma Group together with the organizers united thousands of participants at the Energy Security Forum.
The Prince of Monaco, Albert II opened the conference, stressing the significance that the Forum on Energy Security acquired during the four years. He thanked the organizers and participants for creating an influential communication platform that combines ideas and striving for change. Keywords were made by Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, President of Croatia.
"Stefan Zweig, since his youth, dreamt about the unity of Europe. In 1014 we were thinking that the world became safe. But that wasn't true. Today, a century later, it is also important to think and put together our viewpoints for the issue of building up world security. The Forum on Energy Security is becoming such a platform in Europe. Today many problems and threats tied to natural resources, inequality and poverty. There are risks of technological character and ecological problems due to non-renewable energy resources. These facts speak about the threats in energy security and fragile world stability make us search for new ways to solve the problems and thus to demonstrate what our future may be," Albert II, the Prince of Monaco said, opening the Energy Security Forum.
"The forum provided an excellent opportunity to exchange views on the diversification of energy sources in Europe. For the stability of the countries of the region of Eastern and Central Europe, it is important to prepare a new energy strategy, with particular emphasis on safety routes for energy supplies. In Croatia we want to build bridges with Ukraine, becoming an energy hub for it in the region. We must work more closely with Ukraine on energy corridors, in the search for alternative energy supply routes," Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, President of Croatia, noted.
“Burisma Group continues to unite the international influential community around the issue of a secure energy future. For the fourth time already, the world leaders and friends of Ukraine come to Monaco to discuss the formation of a single secure energy future alliance. Ukraine is an important link in the energy security of Europe and joint efforts, with the support of our respected partners; we will together continue to create the rules for the future,” said Nikolai Zlochevskyi, the initiator and founder of the Energy Security Forum, President of the Burisma Group.
Experts paid special attention to the relationship between Europe and Russia in the context of energy policy and the role of Ukraine on the global energy map.
"The situation in Ukraine is still unpredictable. We expect Ukraine to continue the pro-European course of reforming the country. Europe expects to see the new face of the Ukrainian policy. The good fact is that Ukraine managed to rebuild its economy without using Russian gas. Thus the new president has not only to support the country's gas production but also to deal with another important question - effectiveness of the resources in the economy," Aleksander Kwasniewski said at the Forum. According to him, until gas hasn't yet become a subject of sale, it remains the weapon in the arms of other countries and governments.
"Economic pressure on Russia is still the only instrument which may be used by the world community in issues of reaction on aggression in Ukraine. The sanctions are a diplomatic instrument. We support additional sanctions towards the companies involved into North Stream 2 construction. We support the initiative of the 13 European countries who claimed their position against the project and against the position of Germany," Paula Dobriansky, former Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs of the United States, Senior Researcher at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard University School of Public Administration.
"The European countries are in a better position when they have the opportunity to choose the source of the energy resources to Europe. Russia's intentions to enter the retail gas market have to be blocked by the EU countries," Alfred Guzenbauer, Chancellor of Austria (2007-2008), said.
This year, Petar Stoyanov, President of Bulgaria (1997-2002), Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark (2001-2009) and Secretary General (2009-2014), Aleksander Kwaśniewski, President of Poland (1995 Alfred Guzenbauer, Chancellor of Austria (2007-2008), Paul Dobriansky, former Deputy Secretary of State of the United States, Senior Researcher at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard University School of Public Administration, Ambassador John E. Herbst, Director of the Eurasian Atlantic Council of the United States, Richard Morningstar, founder of the United States Atlantic Energy Global Energy Center, Stefan Fule, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy (2010-2014) and others also joined the Forum as participants.
This year the Atlantic Council of the USA discussed the topic of geopolitical hydrocarbon allocation. The discussion also focused on investing in new energy projects, blockchains, and cryptocurrency on the energy market.
Over four years, dozens of former and incumbent presidents, high officials and experts, community leaders attended the Forum.