Cyprus: Facing Challenging Decisions on Energy

The 6th Energy Symposium, which will take place on Tuesday, December 4th 2018 from 09:00 until 17:00, at Hilton Park Hotel in Nicosia, organised by the Institute of Energy for South-East Europe (IENE) and the company fmw financial media way, is expected to be a reference point for the energy developments in Cyprus and the wider region.

The Energy Symposium has become one of the most established and highly attended events relating to energy matters in Cyprus and the region, where governmental officials from Cyprus and abroad, academics and representatives of energy related companies share their knowledge and experience and exchange ideas on natural gas, electricity and renewable sources of energy.

Several significant issues will be addressed, such as:

  • Cyprus next steps in the field of hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation
  • Energy cooperation between countries in the region
  • Company investments in hydrocarbon and electricity in the SE Mediterranean
  • The transportation of natural gas from the Mediterranean to Europe
  • The use of natural gas for power generation
  • Cross border electricity connection
  • Deregulation of Cyprus electricity market
  • Exploitation of RES in Cyprus
  • Development and implementation of a legal and administrative context that will enhance energy efficiency in Cyprus.


6th Energy Symposium
Tuesday 4 December 2018
08:30-09:00 Registration

09:00-10:15 Introductory Speeches by the Organizers

Chair: Ms. Maria Georgiou, FMW Financial Media Way

Mr. Costis Stambolis, Executive Director of ΙΕΝΕ
Mr. Iosif Iosif, CEO of FMW Financial Media Way
Mr. Christodoulos Angastiniontis, President of CCCI

Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus
Mr. Demetris Syllouris, President of the House of Representatives
Mr. Giorgos Stathakis, Minister of Environment and Energy of Greece (or representative – tbc)
Mr. Michalis Michael, Chairman of Invest Cyprus
Mr. John Chadjivassiliades, Chairman IENE

10:15-11:30 1st Session

Part A: Hydrocarbon Research and Exploitation

Chair: Mr. Costis Stambolis, ΙΕΝΕ Executive Director

Dr. Andreas Poullikkas, President of Cyprus Energy Regulatory Authority
Dr. Symeon Kassianides, Chairman of Natural Gas Public Company of Cyprus (DEFA)
Dr. Mike Efthymiou, Member of the Board of Directors Cyprus Hydrocarbons Company Ltd
Mr. Marios Valiantis, President of Cyprus Organization for Standardization
Representatives of Energy Companies

Panel Discussion

11:30-11:45 Coffee Break

11:45-14:00 Part B

Chair: Dr. Constantinos Nicolaou, Energean Oil & Gas Technical Advisor, ΙΕΝΕ Board of Directors
Mr. Demetris Fessas, Acting General Manager of Cyprus Hydrocarbons Company
Dr. Charles Ellinas, CEO & Founder of EC Natural Hydrocarbons Company Ltd (eCNHC) Cyprus
Prof. Constantinos Papaloucas, Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Cyprus

Panel Discussion

14:00-15:00 Light Lunch Break

15:00-16:00 2nd Session: Electricity

Chair: Mr. John Chatzivassiliadis, Chairman of ΙΕΝΕ

Mr George Demetriou, CCCI Vice-President-Services, Permanent member of CCCI Energy Committee
Mr. Masis Der Parthogh
, Euroasia Interconnector
Mr. Andreas Frixou, Energy Officer at Cyprus Energy Regulatory Authority (CERA)
Mr. Aristides Tasoulis, COO and Executive Board Member of The Hellenic Energy Exchange S.A.

16:00-16:15 Coffee Break

16:15-17:25 3rd Session: Renewable Sources of Energy

Chair: Mr. Constantinos Theofylaktos, Chairman and IENE Secretary General of Centre of Renewable Energy Sources

Mr. Dimitris Mezartasoglou, Research Director, ΙΕΝΕ
Ms. Anthi Charalambous, Head of OEB Energy and Environment Service
Ms. Despina Sergidou, Teacher Τhe Energy, Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC), The Cyprus Institute
Mr. Akis Ellinas, President of the Cyprus Wind Energy Association
Mr. Fanos Karantonis, President of Association of Renewable Energy Companies


Closing by IENE Chairman, Mr. John Chatzivassiliadis




The Institute of Energy of South East Europe (ΙΕΝΕ) has its headquarters in Athens. It is the leading non-profit organization that studies energy matters in Greece and SE Europe and provides qualified information to stakeholders and the public.

Running and attending dozens of scientific conferences, publications, lectures and information activities, the IENE constantly discusses and presents the energy related developments in Greece, Cyprus and many other countries of the region.

FMW Financial Media Way

The Company FMW Financial Media Way is active in the fields of communication and publicity, specialized publications (printed and electronic), advertising and conferences. With offices in Cyprus and Greece, FMW offers services to a wide range of large companies and organizations from both countries. Apart from the Energy Symposium, it has organized several specialized conferences on Economy, Investments, Unemployment, Casinos, etc. in Cyprus and Greece.