The Mediterranean Gateway to the Energy Union
Conference, Wednesday 22nd November
mercoledì 22 novembre 2017 ore 14:45 – 18:30
Il giorno 22 Novembre, presso il Comitato Europeo delle Regioni (sala JDE 53), I-Com ha organizzato la conferenza “The Mediterranean Gateway to the Energy Union-What strategy on power and gas?”.
La conferenza ha avuto come obiettivo quello di analizzare il ruolo dell’energia nel contesto europeo e mediterraneo. Particolare attenzione è stata rivolta alle strategie da adottare, nel contesto dell’Unione dell’Energia, al fine di assicurare l’approvvigionamento energetico a tutte le regioni europee e mediterranee.
Lo studio è stato presentato e discusso insieme ai più influenti stakeholders, invitati a prendere parte alla discussione, tra cui associazioni dei consumatori, rappresentati delle industrie, ambasciatori, commissari europei ed europarlamentari.
Inés AYALA SENDER
MEP, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, DMAG Committee
Last February she was elected Chair of the Delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries and the Arab Maghreb Union of the EU Parliament. Previously, she was a member of the Delegation for relations with the Mashreq countries.
She is also a member of the Democracy Support and Election Coordination Group (DEG) of the European Parliament which aims at strengthening the legitimacy of national electoral processes in third countries, avoiding electoral fraud, better protecting human rights and contributing to conflict solution. Her work in this committee is focused on improving the accountability of Parliamentarians in election observation.
Ayala Sender has participated in several European Parliament’s Election Observation missions leading the mission to Nicaragua in 2011 and more recently to Tanzania in 2016.
Ayala Sender has always shown particular interest in the Arab world and the promotion of democratic values in this region, in particular in the context of the Arab Spring. She has been a direct witness of the democratic awake process in North Africa and has actively participated in missions to Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco during the past years. More recently she took an active role at the EP’s electoral mission to Algeria in 2011. She is in direct contact with civil society and Parliamentarians from the Arab world promoting multiculturalism and human rights in different international fora.
During her mandate in the EP, she has been directly involved in the work of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean (PA-UfM) where she held the Vice-presidency of the Economic Committee during the last legislative term.
Ayala Sender is also strongly committed to the advancement of women’s rights and this constitutes a fundamental part of her political work, particularly in areas where women’s rights are in peril. She regularly participates in meetings and conferences in North African countries on gender equality and on topics dealing with conflict resolution and support for civil society. Further to her work in supporting democracy and gender equality outside the EU, she is particularly active on fighting for equal treatment and opportunities between women and men within the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in the European Parliament.
In addition, she is the spokesperson for the S&D group for the Committee on Budgetary Control and a member of the Committee of Transport and Tourism.
Before being elected MEP, Ayala Sender was a member of the Confederal Executive of the Spanish General Workers Union (UGT) with responsibility for social action (women, young people, social services, migration, environment, consumer affairs, social economy). Additionally, she also held various positions as Policy Adviser for the Socialist Group. Prior to joining the EP, she was appointed national expert in the Directorate-General for the Environment in the European Commission and of the European Economic and for Social Committee on combating exclusion.
She holds degrees in Spanish and English Philology and studies in Law from the University of Zaragoza. Furthermore, Ayala Sender completed her postgraduate studies in Sustainable Development at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
MEP, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, EMPL Committee
Marco BERTI PALAZZI
International Relations Officer, DG Energy, European Commission
Stefano DA EMPOLI
Stefano has served in key advisory or expert positions on a number of taskforces or scientific boards, including:
- Director at the Observatory on Energy Policy of the Einaudi Foundation;
- Expert Member of the Technical Secretariat for the Protection of Nature in the Italian Ministry of the Environment;
- Expert Member of the Eurelectric Task Force on Investment;
- Scientific Director of the La Scossa Association;
- Board member of the European Foundation EYPROM;
- Vice President of the Health City Institute.
He has authored numerous publications on economic themes, particularly with regard to policy and regulation of the energy market and infrastructural services and the governance of the institutions, and his opinions and analysis has featured in major Italian newspapers including Il Foglio, il Sole24 Ore, Huffington Post Italia and more. Stefano has also undertaken study and consultancy assignments for Italian and international public institutions, including the Senate of the Republic, the Department for EU policies, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and the OECD, leading Italian and foreign companies and non-profit organizations.
Vice President and Director Energy Area, I-Com
Michele Mario ELIA
Country Manager Italy, Trans Adriatic Pipeline
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representation of Italy to the EU
Head of EU Public Affairs and Regulation, Enel
MEP, Group of the European People’s Party, ENVI Committee
Head of Strategy and Market Analysis, Terna
MEP, Group of the European People’s Party, REGI Committee
She has worked for 22 years as a journalist and she is a member of the Union of Editors of Macedonia and Thrace (ΕΣΗΕΜΘ). Since 1992 she worked at the newspapers «Ependitis», «Exousia», «Thessaloniki», «Aggelioforos», «Imerisia tou Savvatou» and at the TV Stations SKAI, STAR, ALTER, and MEGA, from where she resigned on April 4th of 2014 when the former Prime Minister Antonis Samaras asked her to run for office with Nea Demokratia at the upcoming European Elections of the 25th of May. As a journalist she has participated in missions to Southeast Europe (Skopje, Cyprus, Albania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Montenegro). Since 1998 and until March 2014 she worked as a political reporter. She has also worked in the Press Office of the European Parliament in Athens during the period of 2003-2004, as well as the office of Greek Commissioner to the EU, Mr. Stavros Dimas, for the period 2004-2009.
Deputy Head of Mission, Mission of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the EU and the Kingdom of Belgium
Commissioner AEEGSI and Vice President MEDREG