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ASSIST virtual conference “From local to European: barriers and solutions to tackle Energy Poverty”

What are the barriers and solutions to tackle energy poverty at local and European levels? The answers will be discussed during ASSIST’s online Final Conference next 9, 10 and 11 June.

9 June 2020 - 11 June 2020

Online, Spain


After three years of hard and successful efforts in tackling energy poverty, the ASSIST project is approaching its end. It is therefore the right time for the partners of the project to organise a conference to discuss the challenges and the solutions to tackle Energy Poverty at the European and local levels.

The conference “From local to European: barriers and solutions to tackle Energy Poverty” will bring different actors, including stakeholders and policy decision makers, tackling energy poverty from both local and European levels.

After being redesigned online to adapt to the COVID-19 crisis context, the conference has been divided in three complementary sessions.

When: 9, 10 and 11 June 2020, 10h30-12h00 CEST (8h30-10h00 GMT)
How: Zoom platform
The webinar is free and open to all interested stakeholders. Registration is required and available here:

Session I - Tuesday, June 9

Opening and welcome

· Marina Varvesi, ASSIST coordinator
· Pierre-Jean Coulon, President of the TEN section at the EESC

Round table: How local actions and social innovations are necessary to put vulnerable consumers at the heart of policies addressing energy poverty
Moderator: Marta Garcia, ECOSERVEIS

· Discussion with National Vulnerable Consumers Steering Committee members from Italy, Spain, Finland, UK, Poland and Belgium
· Discussion with the audience

Session II - Wednesday, June 10

Opening and welcome

· Marina Varvesi, ASSIST coordinator
· Vincent Berrutto, Head of Unit, EASME - H2020 Energy Unit

Challenges to tackle energy poverty: views from EU projects

Moderator: Stefan Bouzarovski, EU Energy Poverty Observatory (EPOV)

· Silvia Vivarelli, Unit B1 H2020 Energy, Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME)
· Marina Varvesi, ASSIST coordinator
· European projects on Energy Poverty
- Cezara Popovici, STEP coordinator, Horizon 2020 project
- Daan Creupelandt, REScoop coordinator.
· Clotilde Clark-Foulquier, Project coordinator, the European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless (FEANTSA)
· Discussion with the audience

Session III - Thursday, June 11

Opening and welcome

· Marina Varvesi, ASSIST coordinator
· Thor Vertmann, Member of Kadri Simson Cabinet, European Commission, in charge of Energy Poverty

Round table: EU policy to tackle energy poverty and protect vulnerable consumers in Europe: proposal and recommendations
Moderator: Mathias Maucher, European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN)

· Maria Jeliazkova, EAPN, ASSIST partner presenting the Vulnerable Consumers Protection Framework Paper
· Member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
· Cornelia Ernst, Member of the European Parliament, GUE/NGL group
· Giustino Piccolo, Covenant of Mayors
· Julien Dijol, Housing Europe
· Anne Katherina Weidenbach, Energy Efficiency: Policy & Financing, DG ENERGY, European Commission
· Discussion with the audience


Energy poverty, Vulnerability, Domestic energy, Energy policies, Energy saving, Vulnerable consumers


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Virginia Mata Marcano

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