‘Energy in Central Europe’ to be topic at Rice’s Baker Institute


Jeff Falk

‘Energy in Central Europe’ to be topic at Rice’s Baker Institute

HOUSTON – (Nov. 14, 2019) – Leading diplomats from Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia will visit Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Nov. 19 to discuss their countries’ current energy landscapes and describe prospects for future development.

Landscape with power linesThe event, hosted by the Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies, is free and open to the public but registration is required.

Who: Paweł Kotowski, deputy chief of mission at the Polish embassy in Washington, D.C.; Hynek Kmoníček, Czech ambassador to the U.S.; László Szabó, Hungarian ambassador to the U.S.; and Ivan Korčok, Slovak ambassador to the U.S.

Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at the Baker Institute, will serve as moderator.

What: A discussion titled “Energy in Central Europe.”

When: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 10-11:30 a.m.

Where: Rice University, James A. Baker III Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.

Thirty years after the fall of the Soviet Union, Central European countries are facing new energy challenges. This rapidly growing part of the EU has come a long way in its energy transition, but the region still lacks critical infrastructure and remains heavily dependent on Russia for energy resources, according to event organizers. The discussion will explore what role alternative energy technologies and natural gas imported from outside of Europe and Russia will play in Central Europe’s ongoing energy transition.

The public must RSVP for the event at bakerinstitute.org/events/2036. The social media hashtag for the event is #BakerEnergy.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.

For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to rice.edu/maps. Media should park in the Central Campus Garage (underground).


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Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blog.bakerinstitute.org.   

About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.