How to combine energy and social policies to address energy poverty in Central and Eastern Europe?

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The most vulnerable populations and low-income households in Europe have been continuously suffering from the great challenge of energy poverty, which is the impossibility of families having enough funds to pay for basic energy needs.

Energy poverty is a burden that affects Central and Eastern European countries in particular, and the causes of energy poverty can be related to poor quality construction of homes, lack of access to energy provision, privatization of the energy market, etc.

To overcome this pressing issue, energy subsidies and energy efficiency policies need to be integrated with social policies, and the big question is how governments can provide policies which are well-designed, effective in the long run, and do not cause prices to increase in the energy market?

A group of EU representatives and policymakers discuss how to ensure that this policy mix is effectively implemented on different levels of governance, what are some existing good practices in Europe that can be used as inspiration, and how to engage citizen participation in the process to fight energy poverty.

Moderator: Mariangiola Fabbri – Head of Research at BPIE

Speakers:

  • Kadri Simson – European Commissioner for DG-Energy
  • Karlis Goldstein – Member of Cabinet with the Commissioner for Energy
  • Anna Júlia Donáth – Member of the European Parliament, Hungary
  • Andrzej Rajkiewicz – Vice-President of the Board, National Energy Conservation Agency, Poland
  • Elena Szolgayova – Architect and urban planner and Co-chair of the Housing 2030 initiative, former Director General of DG Housing Policy and Urban Development at the Ministry of Transport and Construction of Slovakia