31 March 2021| 16:00 – 18:00 (CET) | Facebook live
The Nord Stream 2 is a system of pipelines for transporting natural gas from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea. It was initially scheduled to be completed at the end of 2019, connecting Ust-Luga in Russia with Greifswald in Germany. However, the project was delayed due to strong criticism and sanctions from the US. The US views the pipelines as strengthening Russian influence in Europe, increasing Europe’s dependency on Russian gas, and subsequently weakening transatlantic cooperation. In December 2019, the US Senate voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA covers an extensive range of military and defence spending and policies, including levying sanctions against companies involved with inlaying the Nord Stream 2. Nevertheless, Germany is a big supporter of the Nord Stream pipelines. It allows the country to receive gas directly from Russia for cheaper than the gas that flows through Ukraine or Poland.
Welcome by ŠRKA PRÁT | Member of the Board, European Liberal Forum (confirmed)
VÁCLAV BARTUŠKA| Ambassador for Energy Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
DANIEL FRIED| Weiser Family Distinguished Fellow, Atlantic Council; Former US Ambassador to Poland
FRIEDBERT PFLÜGER| Director, European Cluster of Climate, Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) at the Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies (CASSIS)
Moderated by MARTIN EHL| Chief analysts, Hospodářské noviny/ Economic daily (confirmed)
Closing remarks by JAN MACHÁČEK| Chairman of the Board, Institute for Politics and Society