A conference taking place on 7 September in Brussels will debate the Energy Union strategy, the EU's plan to ensure that European citizens have access to secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy. It brings together representatives of the EU institutions, energy experts, and members of civil society groups to discuss the Energy Union's progress and the role that citizens can play in it. A keynote speech will be given by Dominique Ristori, the European Commission's Director-General for Energy. The event is hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee, which provides a forum for civil society organisations in EU countries to have their views represented at European level.
The conference panels will consider the state of the Energy Union in general and also focus on specific issues. These include the Energy Union's governance (the rules EU countries and the Commission follow to ensure its goals are reached), and how to finance the clean energy transition and empower consumers to take a full role in it. The panellists will also answer questions received beforehand from citizens and civil society organisations across Europe.