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Round table on environmental protection and climate change

Brussels, 27 May 2008

The Commissioner for competition, Ms Neelie Kroes, hosted a full-day Round Table event on "Environmental Protection and Climate Change - Cost, Opportunities and the Role of Public Support" on 27 May in Brussels.

The purpose of this event was to put environmental State aid policy in the right economic and political context and to stimulate an exchange of views between industry, politicians, the financial community, analysts, stakeholders and policy-makers.

Summary of the proceedings pdf


Opening speech: "State aid and climate change – creating the right incentives for business"
       Neelie Kroes, Commissioner for competition

Speech "Climate Change – a global finance perspective" pdf
       Caio Koch-Weser, Vice Chairman, Deutsche Bank Group

CEO Vision: renewable energy and energy saving – cost and opportunities for industry
       Moderator: Neelie Kroes, Commissioner for competition
       Speakers: Jean-Pascal Tricoire, pdf CEO, Schneider-Electric; Lars G. Josefsson, pdf CEO, Vattenfall; Ben Verwaayen, Chairman, CBI Task Force on Climate Change
       Discussant: Nick Mabey, CEO, E3G

Speech "Environmental protection as an opportunity for improved competitiveness" pdf
       Dr Žiga Turk, Development Minister, Republic of Slovenia

Financing environmental protection and combating climate change: the right balance between "polluter pays principle" and public support
       Moderator : Philip Lowe, Director General, DG Competition
       Speakers: Andrea Benassi, Secretary-General, UEAPME; Graham Branton, pdf Director State aid, BERR; Dörthe Fouquet, pdf European Renewables Energy Federation
       Discussant: Fatih Birol, Chief Economist, IEA

Speech "Leading the Way to the Third Industrial Revolution"
       Jeremy Rifkin, President, Foundation on Economic Trends

The reform of the EU ETS – burden or opportunity for European industry?
       Moderator : Philip Lowe, Director General, DG Competition
       Speakers : Claude Turmes, MEP; Nick Campbell, BUSINESSEUROPE, Chairman Climate Change Working; Group Rod Christie, President, Central & Eastern Europe, GE Energy
       Discussant: Sanjeev Kumar, pdf WWF European Policy

Closing remarks
       Philip Lowe, Director General, DG Competition

Speakers' biographies pdf


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