№ 234/2014 from Jun 25, 2014
On July 7, 2014, Professor Jonathan P. Stern will give a lecture at Freie Universität Berlin. He will analyze the effects that the ongoing crisis in Ukraine will have on Russian gas deliveries to the European Union. The chairman of the Gas Research Programme of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, Stern will speak on The Russian Gas Matrix - how markets are driving change. The event is being organized by the Centre for Caspian Region Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. The lecture will be held in English. The event is open to the public, and admission is free.
Professor Stern will discuss in detail the consequences of the Ukraine crisis for the security of Europe's energy supply. The background of the lecture is that in the past there have repeatedly been tensions in the "gas relations" between Russia and the EU. The tension was partly due to transit disputes between Ukraine and Russia, as well as dramatic changes in the gas markets and the impact of the single European energy market and climate policy for the gas supply. "The current situation is anything but transparent," says lecturer Dr. Lutz Mez, a political scientist at Freie Universität Berlin. Mez assumes, however, that Russia will strongly defend its role as the largest gas supplier in Europe, and particularly Germany.
PD Dr. Lutz Mez, Berlin Centre for Caspian Region Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-55585, Email: email@example.com