The Madrid Forum was set up to discuss issues regarding the creation of the internal gas market. Currently it is addressing cross-border trade of gas, in particular the tarification of cross-border gas exchanges, the allocation and management of scarce interconnection capacity and other technical and commercial barriers to the creation of a fully operational internal gas market.
The World EXPO 2015 will take place in Milan from 1 May to 30 October 2015 with the theme "Feeding the Planet: Energy for Life".
The 2015 ENEF Plenary meeting will take place in Prague this May.
This year's EU Sustainable Energy Week will take place from 15 to 19 June 2015.
At a High Level conference in Brussels, the Central Europe Energy Partners (CEEP) and the Atlantic Council officially presented the 'Completing Europe – from the North-South Corridor to Energy, Transportation and Telecommunications Union' report, in cooperation with DG Energy.
A new Network of Energy and Managing Authorities (EMA) set up by the Commission met for the first time in Brussels on 16-17 March 2015.
On 17 March 2015, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, launched a high level conference on renewable energy.
Citizens' Energy Forum – known as the London Forum – took place on 12-13 March at the Business Design Centre in London. The overall aim of the Forum was to explore consumers' perspectives and their role in a competitive, 'smart', energy efficiency and fair energy retail market.
The event disseminated, and sought industry's feedback, on the final achievements of Smart Grids standardisation work under the Mandate M/490 to European Standardisation Organisations.
At this High Level Round Table, the Commission's aim was to listen to practical experience on the implementation of initiatives to create Smart Cities.
This conference discussed the issues facing the heating and cooling sector in the European energy transition. The sector accounts for half of the EU's energy consumption – ahead of both electricity and transport.
An information morning on a new call for proposals for Smart Cities and Communities took place on 12 February 2015 in Brussels. The call for proposals on solutions integrating energy, transport and ICT through lighthouse projects under Horizon 2020 opened on 10 December 2014. The deadline for submitting proposals is 5 May 2015.
Commissioner Arias Cañete represented the European Union at the 5th session of the IRENA General Assembly that took place in Abu Dhabi on 18-19 January, and that counted with over 1,200 delegates. On Commissioner's initiative, IRENA held for the first time a ministerial roundtable dedicated to the renewables' role in energy security, which he addressed as keynote speaker.
The 'EU: Leading Global Technology and Innovation in the Renewable Sector' event took place on 19 January 2015 in the framework of the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.
The move towards a low-carbon Europe with secure energy at affordable prices, with the achievement of the EU 2020 and 2030 energy targets, requires a profound transformation of the entire energy system, from the supply to the demand side.
The International Energy Agency regularly reviews the energy policies of each of its member countries. Energy Policies of IEA Countries: European Union 2014 Review presents the results of the newest IEA assessment of EU policies.
The Electricity Regulatory Forum (Florence Forum) was set up to discuss the creation of the internal electricity market.
On 6 November 2014, the European Commission organised in Brussels the conference "Sustainable Energy in Central Asia: Business Opportunities and Technology Transfer".