On November 22, RMSSP students welcomed Václav Bartuška, Ambassador-At-Large for Energy Security, who has served in this position for more than 10 years.
The deliberations began with a brief introduction concerning current approaches towards energy security. Based on the traditional view, which connects energy security with geopolitics, it should be understood as a lever of foreign policy. But Mr Bartuška pointed out that today energy is increasingly regarded as a social good. Therefore, the threat of energy poverty and unbalanced access to energy resources is going to be one of the main socio-political challenges in near future.
Discussions then focused on the issue of energy supplies to the Czech Republic and whether this area can potentially represent a source of vulnerability. Students enquired about the state of energy emergency reserves in the Czech Republic, the extent of distribution networks being in the hands of private investors and future roadmap for composition of the energy mix. Mr. Bartuška emhphasized several times that the Czech Republic's close energy links with Western Europe constitute not only economical but also political advantage.
Another topic was nuclear energy and its prospects in the future. Despite the fact that this type of energy is highly dependent on state subsides, it was highlighted that nuclear energy represents a crucial component in ensuring state security.
Lastly, Russia's recent energy projects such Nord Stream II or Turkish Stream gas pipeline were also addressed with regard to their significance and feasibility.
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