International Conference: Corruption, State Capture and the Energy Sector in Eastern Europe23.11.2016
The conference is an international event entitled Corruption, State Capture and the Energy Sector in Eastern Europe. The conference is part of the project EnCapture: Countering State Capture in the Energy Sector, which is realized with the financial support of Open Society’s Think Tank Fund and the Balkan Trust for Democracy.
The conference will focus on two major themes: the concept of state capture on the one hand, and large energy projects, on the other, and how they intertwine.
Panelists will discuss large energy projects such as Nord Stream, Nabucco and others, and how they influence policies and vice versa. What future trends are shaping the energy sector on a national and European level will be another theme, as well as how and if this is reflected in national and EU policies.
The concept of state capture as a special case of corruption will be a focal point in this conference. It will serve as a theoretical base in looking at large energy and infrastructural projects in a risk perspective of corrupting public interest.
The case in point for the intersection between state capture and the energy sector will be the South Stream Gas Pipeline Project and how it has over time become a proxy for state capture in Bulgaria. Special panels on how the South Stream has developed in other Eastern and Central European countries such as Hungary, Serbia and Slovakia are also on the agenda.
Other large energy projects in Bulgaria and Europe will also be discussed, such as Nord Stream, Nabucco and how they shape policies. What future trends are shaping the energy sector on a national and European level will and how is that reflected in national and EU policies.
The conference will take place in hotel Lion in Borovetz, Bulgaria between 24th November, 2016 and 26th November 2016.
The panels will be in English.
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