30th Meeting of EBC Presiding Committee Held in Athens
Athens hosted the 30th Meeting of the European Business Congress (EBC) Presiding Committee and the 17th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the EBC. The meetings were moderated by Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, President of the EBC.
The meeting participants heard the report on the 2013 EBC operating results, adopted the financial statement for the corresponding period and got acquainted with the progress reports by the Working Committees’ Chairpersons. The next AGM will take place in Belgrade in May 2015.
The meeting also considered the election of the EBC Board of Executive Directors and Presiding Committee. Alexey Miller was reelected the EBC President. Evgeny Basalay, Director General of RFK Korsa, Valdemaras Vareika, Director general of Achema Group, Jean-Francois Cirelli, President of GDF SUEZ, Wim Groenendijk, Vice President of Gasunie, Christopher Delbrück, Chief Executive Officer of E.ON Global Commodities, Alessio Mariani, Executive Director of General Electric Oil & Gas in Russia and CIS, Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Michael Ertmann Vice President of DONG Energy became the newly elected EBC Presiding Committee Members.
A conference entitled Gas Motor Fuel for European Environment was held as part of the EBC.
“Our strategic goal lies in diversifying the markets, increasing the reliability of hydrocarbon supply and our operating efficiency. Gazprom is committed to retaining and, if possible, increasing its share in the European market, while at the same time expanding its presence in the Asia-Pacific region.
“The NGV segment is among our priority lines of business. At present, natural gas occupies an inadequately small niche in the vehicle fuel market. Our aim is to change that. We consider a unified approach and adequate regulatory measures to be essential for establishing a solid foundation for evolution of the NGV fuel market.
“The vehicle manufacturing industry and the gas industry may become natural allies to promote the use of natural gas in the transportation sector. Gazprom already closely cooperates with the key players of this industry. We are sure that wider use of natural gas will partially resolve the most pending issues of the European community, that is, it will provide support to the economic competitive ability and at the same time contribute to environmental protection,” said Alexey Miller in his report at the conference.