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Join us for the debate: The European Energy Crisis at Groninger Forum, on Monday 30 January, 20:00 – 21.30 CET

The European Parliament Liaison Office in the Netherlands, SIB-Groningen and Europe Direct Groningen are delighted to invite you to join the debate on energy security on January 30th at Groninger Forum. Together with Faustine Bas-Defossez, Álvaro Rangel Hernandez, and Prof. Michael Mulder we will discuss various important aspects of the future of energy in Europe.  

The war in Ukraine made ‘energy’ an important topic of political discussion throughout Europe.

While more and more people suffer from energy poverty, the transition to sustainable energy is in full swing. Geopolitical goals, environmental ideals and the economic reality clash with one another. How can we solve this crisis?

During this talk speakers with different backgrounds will discuss several questions relating to the topic. 

Though the event is free & open for all, please reserve a ticket here.

This event will take place in collaboration with SIB-Groningen and the Europe Direct, in the Groninger Forum; you can find the event and reserve your tickets on their website.

The event will be fully in English.

Location: Groninger Forum

Time:         20:00 - 21:30


The Speakers

Speaking about the environment is Faustine Bas-Defossez. She is well-versed in environmental policies in the EU, having worked at the European Commission and the Institute for European Environmental Policy on Agriculture and Land Management. Currently she is Director for nature, health and environment at the European Environmental Bureau, the largest federation of Environmental NGO’s. 

Speaking about geopolitics is Álvaro Rangel Hernandez. Álvaro Rangel studied Law in Spain and specialised in International Relations and Geopolitics. He has a Master in European Political and Governance Studies from the College of Europe and has worked since 2020 in the European Commission.

Speaking about economics is Prof. Dr. Machiel Mulder. He is chair of the Centre for Energy Economics Research at the RUG and appears frequently in the news as an expert on the energy transition. Furthermore, he published a book on the topic just last year titled ‘Energietransitie; eerst snappen, dan doen’ or ‘Energy transition; understand first, act second‘.