The overall theme of finance in the energy sector in this year’s Athens Conference on European Energy Law is the focus of a recent article by energypress.gr. The article emphasizes on the importance of financial issues in the energy sector. Financing of energy infrastructure & networks is the central point of discussion in all four sessions of this year’s conference that takes place in Athens on the 7th of December:
Financing and investing in energy infrastructure & energy networks are issues that attract vivid interest by all major stakeholders on a European level as well as in the Greek energy sector, a fact that offers a unique opportunity for highly anticipated presentations in this year’s conference
You can read the full article here.
The 3rd Athens Conference on European Energy Law is sponsored by:
by Dora Zafeiropoulou
Metaxas & Associates Law Firm was recently awarded by the Energy Charter Secretariat for its contribution to the Energy Investment Risk Assessment Report of 2018. M&A had the privilege to be invited as the expert Law Firm for Greece to be a part of the distinguished team of energy experts that prepared the EIRA2018 report.
This prestigious publication assists governments improve investment conditions for foreign investors in the energy sector. M&A’s expert energy practice group has contributed with its extended expertise in the Greek market on issues regarding unpredictable policy change, discrimination between foreign and domestic investors and breach of state obligations.
The EIRA2018 report was officially launched in Brussels, with speakers and representatives of all major international energy institutions and the participation of H.E. Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President for Energy Union - European Commission, Dr Urban Rusnák, Secretary-General - International Energy Charter, Mr. Dominique Ristori, Director-General for Energy - European Commission.
You can read more on the official launch event here: https://energycharter.org/what-we-do/events/energy-investment-risk-assessment-eira-launch/
by Michalis Mathioulakis
Professor Metaxas participated as a Keynote Speaker in the prestigious conference “Crisis of the Rule of Law in the European Union” that took place on the 13th of November in Athens under the auspices of H.E. The President of the Hellenic Republic.
The conference addressed the crisis of the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary in the European Union. H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic and several distinguished speakers, national judges and leading academics from Austria, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Greece, discussed about common European values and the challenges for the Union, our common place and destination.
We would like to invite you to the conference "Crisis of the Rule of Law in the European Union". The prestigious conference is under the auspices of H.E. The President of the Hellenic Republic and takes place on Tuesday, 13 November at Divani Caravel Hotel, "Makedonia Hall", 2 Vassileos Alexandrou avenue in Athens.
The EU is faced with multiple political, economic and social challenges. Different voices call for a reorientation of the Union towards the acceleration and further deepening of the integration process, the strengthening of the EU’s presence in the world, but also a return to its core values and principles. Democracy, the protection of Human Rights and the Rule of Law belong to them. Lately, the latter is being threatened in several legal orders of the Union. The developments in some member states are fueling debates about how to protect the Rule of Law and other independent institutions. Distinguished speakers from Greece, Germany, Poland, Hungary and Austria shall shed light on the latest developments and share their views and expertise on how to keep our values and principles alive. Please find attached the programme of the event:
Metaxas & Associates Law Firm sponsors the upcoming Economist Southeast Europe Summit, in Berlin on December 3rd, 2018. The prestigious summit is a co-operation of the Economist Events with the Hellenic-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK), the support of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK). It will address critical issues for the future of Southeast Europe.
More on the event here: http://www.hazliseconomist.com/en/event/SEE_Germany_Business_Summit/Sponsors_and_supporters
7 December 2018
09.00 – 09.15 – Registration & Welcome Coffee
09.15 – 09.30 – Opening Remarks
09.30 – 10.00 – Keynote Address
10:00 – 11.00 – Session I – Sustainable Finance
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 – 12.45 – Session II – Privatisation of Energy Infrastructures & Networks
13.45 – 14.15 – Keynote Address
14.15 – 15.30 – Session III – Funding for Gas & Electricity Interconnections
15.30-16.00 Coffee break
16.00 – 17.30 – Session IV – The Clean Energy Package
17.30-17.45 Closing remarks
A new book related to energy regulation and EU law is being published with the significant contribution of Metaxas & Associates Law Firm. This new publication, has been edited by our Managing Partner, Professor Dr. Antonis Metaxas and Dr. Leigh Hancher, Professor at Tilburg University & Florence School of Regulation. The book is a cooperation of the Hellenic Energy Regulation Institute and the Florence School of Regulation.
The publication is part of the European Energy Studies series, by Claeys & Casteels publishing house. It presents a short, comprehensive framework of the major issues that define the regulatory and political challenges of energy networks in the EU and its links with the Eastern Mediterranean. The book contains an analysis on the key issues shaping the current EU regulation framework, a study on the implementation of European energy policies in Southeastern Europe, a presentation of the geopolitical framework in Eastern Mediterranean, and an assessment on the future transformation of the European energy networks through digitization.
Dr. Antonis Metaxas has contributed also with one chapter in the book on Investment Protection under the Energy Charter Treaty. In this analysis, Prof. Metaxas offers an insight of ECT’s key elements and assesses the weight they bring upon current disputes over state sovereignty and investment protection in energy-related investments. The paper identifies the shift to the parties involved in arbitration from central and eastern to western European states. Furthermore, it showcases a shift on the underlying resource of the disputes, rising primarily from changes to regulatory frameworks related to the expansion and integration of RES in the EU. The analysis also detects a potential clash of the ECT with the EU Treaties over jurisdiction in intra-European Union disputes.
The other five chapters of the book have been written by Prof. Dr. Jochen Mohr from the University of Leipzig, Sofia Michelaki from the Greek National Natural Gas System Operator, Michalis Mathioulakis from the Hellenic Energy Regulation Institute, Dr. Fotini Bellou from the University of Macedonia, Alexia Trokoudi from the Hellenic Petroleum, Marios Andrikopoulos from Elpedison S.A and Georgia Patsaroucha, an Athens lawyer.
For online book orders: http://claeys-casteels.com/EES/Transformation-EU-Eastern-Mediterranean-Energy-Networks-Legal-Regulatory-Geopolitical-Challenges
Metaxas & Associates is proud to welcome a new associate in its ranks, Mr. Ioannis Floros.
Mr. Floros is an experienced Athens lawyer, specialized in Commercial and EU Law. Prior to his cooperation with M&A, he has been designated legal consultant of the Greek Minister of Finance for cases of Commercial and EU Law. He holds Masters degrees from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Université de Montpellier in France.
7 December 2018
The Athens Conference on European Energy Law is taking place for the third consecutive year in Athens. This highly prestigious international conference is a joint initiative of the Hellenic Energy Regulation Institute and the Energy Union Law Area of the Florence School of Regulation and is designed to address the latest topics in energy regulation that are significant for Greece and the surrounding region, from both a legal and economic perspective.
The Athens Conference on European Energy Law has acquired a pan-European impact as a leading forum for the exchange of views of academics, practitioners and high ranking officials of European institutional bodies and major energy companies and is being considered as the top meeting point for stakeholders interested in energy regulation, State Aid and energy investments in Greece.
Financing of energy infrastructure & energy networks is the overall theme of the Conference and the central point of discussion in all four of its sessions:
Financing and investing in energy infrastructure & energy networks are issues that attract vivid interest by all major stakeholders on a European level as well as in the Greek energy sector, a fact that offers a unique opportunity for highly anticipated presentations in this year’s conference.
You can see the Conference's Agenda and register for the conference by following the link: Agenda & Registration
Metaxas & Associates Law Firm represents a leading company in the Greek gas supply sector in its successful legal dispute with a former regional monopolistic, state-owned gas supplier and distribution company.