The Future of Eastern Mediterranean Gas


Please note: This page refers to an event that has already taken place.

Time: Monday, 21 November 2016 09:00-17:00
Place: Chateau Status, Nicosia, Cyprus

​​​​​​​The PRIO Cyprus Centre, in collaboration with the Atlantic Council, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Cyprus, Istituto Affari Internazionali and Strata Insight, is organising the fourth of its international public conference series on energy in the East​ern Mediterranean. Featuring speakers who are prominent experts on the energy industry as well as the region, the event will provide a platform for discussion of related developments with a view to assessing the outlook for the Eastern Mediterranean's fledgling offshore hydrocarbons industry. Thus, it will look at the local as well as the global realities and trends with relevance to the field of energy, particularly in terms of supplies, supply security, markets, demand trends, prices, availability of financing for projects, new technologies, but also of geopolitical factors and risks. The aim is to discuss how these have so far influenced offshore gas field development in the Eastern Mediterranean, and how they will do so in the future.

Pre-registration is obligatory to by Friday 18.11.16

Please specify if you will attend the lunch offered.



09:00 - 09:30 - Registration

​09:30 - 09:45 - Welcoming Remarks and Introduction                                        

  • Harry Tzimitras, PRIO Cyprus Centre
  • Hubert Faustmann, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
  • Charles Ellinas, Atlantic Council

09:45 - 11:30 - PANEL 1

Eastern Mediterranean Gas: Time for Realism?​


  • ​​Charles Ellinas, Atlantic Council: Eastern Mediterranean gas: a case for pragmatism


  • Daria Nochevnik, Greek Energy Forum: East-Med's potential contribution to EU's energy needs with emphasis on SE Europe
  • Sohbet Karbuz, Observatoire Méditerranéen de l'Energie: The changing energy landscape in the East Med and regional markets for gas: Case of Egypt
  • John Roberts, Atlantic Council: Eastern Mediterranean gas: The Turkish factor

11:30 - 12:00: Coffee break

12:00 - 13:45 - PANEL 2

Energy Security


  • ​Nathalie Tocci, Istituto Affari Internazionali: Energy dimension in EU security


  • Wolfgang Peters, Gas Value Chain Company GmbH: Energy security in the wider global context
  • Nicolo' Sartori, Istituto Affari Internazionali: Energy security: between geopolitical challenges and cooperation opportunities
  • Alexandros Yannis          European External Action Service of the EU
  • The EU's perspective on energy
  • Marco Margheri, World Energy Council, Italia: European energy markets as a destination, Italy as a hub; a perspective on Italian energy transition and the role of Eastmed gas

13:45 - 14:45       Lunch

​​14:45 - 16:30 - PANEL 3

Eastern Mediterranean Gas: Taking Stock and the Way Forward​


  • Alessandro Barberis, ENI Cyprus Ltd.: ​A perspective from the industry: The East Med as a gas hub


  • Charles Ellinas, Atlantic Council
  • Fiona Mullen, Strata Insight
  • John Roberts, Atlantic Council
  • Sohbet Karbuz, Observatoire Méditerranéen de l'Energie