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The Legacy and Future of Central Europe’s Nuclear Power

CEU Building
Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG) and Jean Monnet Chair in Energy and Innovation  

The Legacy and Future of Central Europe’s Nuclear Power 

Opening address: Istvan Bakacs, Chairman of the Hungarian Scientific Society of Energy Economics 

Roundtable Panelists:

Attila Aszodi, Professor, Budapest University of Technology and Economics Institute of Nuclear Techniques 
Siarhei Liubimau, Associate Professor, European Humanities University  
Mycle Schneider, Convening Lead Author and Publisher of the annual World Nuclear Industry Status Report. 
Aliki Van Heek, Unit Head 3E Analysis (3E = Energy, Economics, Environment), International Atomic Energy Agency  
Moderator: Michael LaBelle, Associate Professor, CEU and Jean Monnet Chair in Energy and Innovation  

Central and Eastern Europe relied on nuclear power to fuel the transformation from a centrally planned to a competitive economic system. This roundtable provides a range of panelist speaking about the history, impact and future of nuclear power in Central Eastern Europe. The next few years are a turning point with Poland including nuclear power in their 2040 energy strategy, Hungary building Paks 2, and other country’s facing decisions on their aging nuclear fleets. Attendees will gain an in-depth understanding of the reasons for nuclear power in the region and how this path-dependency may shape the future of nuclear in the CEE region. In addition, panelists will discuss what happens when there is no longer nuclear power, with Lithuania used as an example of turning away from nuclear power. The aim is to provide attendees with a reflection of the role of nuclear power and what the future may be.