Wed 25 March


17:00

Opening Remarks

HE Péter Szijjártó
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary

17:30

Keynote Lecture

18:15

Cultural Programme

Thurs 26 March


09:00

Opening Speech

HE László Palkovics
Minister of Innovation and Technology of Hungary

09:25

Keynote Lecture

Regulation and Innovation in the Car Industry–The Future of AI from a Central European Perspective

09:50

Panel I

Power up? Cooperation and Competition in the Global Energy Arena

Pál Ságvári
Ministerial Commissioner for International Energy Relations

Anwar al-Kharusi
Member of the Board of Directors Business&Management
MOL Group

Norbert Kurilla
State Secretary
Ministry of Environment, Slovak Republic

Hanns Koenig
Principal
Aurora Energy Research

Miroslav Hasko
Director of Energy Management
EP Power Europe


In recent years, the heightened global tensions emanating from the Middle East, as well as the rise of India and China, have brought the issue of global energy security at the forefront of political debate. Governance structures for short-term supply management and long-term energy cooperation are needed more than ever in today’s turbulent world. Also, cooperation between the most ‘energy-consuming’ countries is required to effectively address the pressing problem of climate change.

However, cooperation between nation states on an extremely crowded international stage is, as we see, not promising and the main actors tend often to compete with each other. Energy diplomacy has thus emerged as a powerful concept in public discourse. But is energy diplomacy a really effective tool? The experts of the panel will try to answer this and many other questions.

11:00

Break–Visit the Expo

11:20

Keynote Lecture

Self-cleaning Ocean in the Age of Plastic - How is that possible?

11:40

Panel II

Water Security and Global Challenges

Lam Tran Dinh
Director
Center for Vietnamese and Southeast Asian Studies, University of Social Sciences

Károly Kovács
Chairman
Hungarian Water Partnership; Former President, European Water Association, EIP Water Steering Group

Borut Tavčar
Environmental Journalist
DELO


Clean and drinkable water is one of the most important sources on the Earth. The panel’s aim is to discuss different water security strategies in various regions. Such strategies include the utilisation of renewable technologies with the aim of reducing the energy footprint of water, as well as the future of desalination. As pollution in the oceans is becoming a high-profile topic in the public discourse, cleaning technologies and the problem of plastic will be included in the debate. 

12:50

Lunch

13:50

Moderated Discussion

Like or Dislike–Tech Giants and Their Regulation Possibilities

HE Judit Varga
Minister of Justice of Hungary

14:10

Panel III

Big Tech–Regulation and/or Innovation

Dr István Csatári
Head of Hub
Hello Tomorrow Hungary

Stefan Mair
Member of the Executive Board, Federation of German Industries
Federation of German Industries


In keeping with the theme of Minister Varga's talk (Like or Dislike – Tech Giants and Their Regulation Possibilities), the panel will focus on the debate that has arisen around the contemporary social, political, and economic role played by corporations at the forefront of digital innovation, commonly referred to as "big tech".

The speakers, representing a wide variety of stakeholders, will introduce and contrast the most relevant factors involved in the public discourse around the issue, including free markets and free speech, corporate and personal accountability, as well as the necessity and feasibility of regulation.

15:20

Break–Visit the Expo

15:40

Panel IV

Present and Future of 5G

Mariann Gecse
Head of Public Affairs and Communication
Huawei Technologies

Zoltán Cséfalvay
Researcher
Joint Research Centre, European Commission


The fifth generation wireless network technology, or 5G ,has the potential to transform not only mobile internet connectivity, but also many sectors and applications, ranging from the Internet of Things to smart city infrastructure and autonomous driving. But what exactly 5G means for our future? Experts and industry leaders will discuss the different uses, benefits, and drawbacks of 5G technology, the nature of the evolving network, as well as the driving forces behind it.

A Glimpse into the Future