The demand for regular dialogue between parties involved at the EU level is high. EU laws and regulations are voted by the members of the European Parliament. A process of open discussion with all stakeholders is needed to ensure their decisions are based on accurate information reflecting a variety of points of view.
In this context, the EEF events provide a place for discussion where EU actors in the energy sector can meet, get informed and debate and where all points of views and ideas are welcome.
Meet: EEF events provide a place where MEPs meet with industry stakeholders, the European Commission, the Permanent representations and other actors that are active in the energy sector.
Get informed: participants have the opportunity to get information on a specific energy aspect. Each event tackles a different theme related to energy thus keeping a balance among the different energy issues.
Debate: each participant has the chance to express his opinion, ask questions and debate with the speaker and the rest of attendees. A proactive dialogue can take place while all stakeholders are present.
Legal status: The EEF is a non-profit independent organisation.
Neutrality: The EEF does not take positions on specific issues.
Audience: MEPs, the industry, the European Commission Permanent Representations to the EU, the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
Discussion: The Chatham House rule applies during the events, with a view to guaranteeing discussion.
Complementarity: EEF Activities are complementary to those of the European Institutions and do not substitute or duplicate them.
Financing: The EEF is financed through membership contributions. Both Active and Associate Members pay their annual membership fee or subscription.
The EEF has 20 years’ experience in the field of organising dinner-debates, discussions and information visits on energy issues. The events are chaired by the President of the EEF who is an MEP.
EEF focuses on subjects at top of the political energy agenda to build a programme of debates and discussions through the year offering an open dialogue on different topics. Taking only last year, the subjects dealt with were very diverse so as to maintain the neutrality of the EEF: gas, renewable, sustainable shipping, air quality, smart grids and meters, sustainable cities, shale gas, nuclear construction and consumer issues to name only a few.
Dinner-debates and discussions take place in the European Parliament premises in Brussels or Strasbourg. They are held around two times per month and are hosted by one or several EEF Associate Members (industry representatives) while all other stakeholders, are invited. The EEF strives to keep a good energy mix and events deal each time with a different aspect or sector of energy.
Visits aim at acquainting members with energy technologies used today. Two or three times per year, the EEF organises visits to energy sites from various EU Members States or from outside the EU.