Member States' Gas Forum 2016

17 March 2016 (De Warande, Brussels, Belgium)

On 17 March 2016, GasNaturally hosted its 5th Member States’ Gas Forum: The Case for Gas in the Energy Union. The event centred on the the vital role that gas can play in a flexible, innovative and sustainable Energy Union, with a focus on the importance of LNG and storage.

Mr. Mark Dierikx, Director General for Energy, Telecommunications and Competition at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands, opened the Forum, sharing the Presidency’s views on the cooperation among Member States and the role of gas in Europe, followed by two panel sessions.

Mr. László Varró, newly appointed Chief Economist at the International Energy Agency, made concluding remarks.

The Member States’ Gas Forum is GasNaturally’s annual landmark event dedicated to Member States. Each year, it attracts over 100 participants from EU institutions, industry, think tanks and NGOs to discuss EU energy priorities with Member States representatives. 

You can see the photos from this year's event here.

You can access the presentations from the event by the following speakers in PDF form here:

Panel 1 - Europe in a global gas market: The contribution of LNG and storage


The EU's strategy for LNG and storage

Dr Joerg Koehli, Team Leader, DG Energy, European Commission


Future Role of Gas Storage

Lubor Veleba, President, Gas Storage Europe

LNG: Developments Globally and in Europe

Roger BoundsVice President for Global Gas, Shell




Panel 2 - Moving forward with confidence: Flexibility, innovation, sustainability with gas

Flexibility, Innovation and Sustainability with Gas

Sabine AugustinSenior Vice President Regulatory Management, UNIPER



The role of gas in sustainable heating: Challenges and solutions in the Netherlands

Britta van Boven, Senior Coordinator Strategy, Gasunie



Download the agenda for the 5th Member States' Gas Forum here.